Tuesday 17 October 2017

God, a comic, a convert, the bishop, the nightie and brainwashed Gaybo

Whats it all about then? Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry
Whats it all about then? Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry
John Waters

John Waters

George Hook went into hospital with kneehilism and came out a reborn member of the Roman Church. Stephen Fry went on 'The Meaning of Life' an atheist and got into an argument with the non-existent God. Gay Byrne, Fry's interlocutor on the programme soon to be relaunched as 'The Meaninglessness of Everything', started out a Catholic lad brainwashed in Synge Street and seemed to end up wanting to be more like Mr Fry.

Although he has refused to discuss his own spiritual outlook, he would afterwards tell one of his week's innumerable interviewers: "You don't come through 10 years of the Christian Brothers without that making an impression on you. It requires a very strong will to say 'I am finished with all that, I am casting it aside and I'll have nothing further to do with it'. I haven't got to that stage yet." (This, I think, means that Gaybo thinks the brothers sold him a pup, but nobbled him so good that, even in his 81st year, he refuses to reopen the box.)

George Hook told the world about his conversion. Fry put the God clip on Twitter and YouTube, provoking five million hits. Atheists around the globe celebrated this stunningly courageous attack on the old codger in the sky. They congratulated the curvaceous comic for his bravery and praised his 'considerable mind'. David Attenborough was briefly said to be harumphing a certain familiarity with the story of the eye-insect, but nobody else seemed to notice.

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