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'I get bored, you know': Geldof longs to hang up charity hat

HE is the world's most vocal humanitarian, working tirelessly for the past 25 years in the fight to end global poverty.

But Bob Geldof has finally admitted that he's bored with it and is now longing for the day when he can hang up his humanitarian hat.

"I do it every day, I do it with Kofi on the Africa Progress Panel, I do it with Bono on the One Campaign, I do it with Band Aid Trust daily," he said.

"I get bored of it, you know. It's not like making a record, there is no sense of satisfaction. The worst of progress is not that it's an illusion; it's that it's endless. And as soon as one plateau is reached another hovers on the horizon."

The legendary activist also explained how rubbing shoulders with the most powerful figures in the world of politics, business and the arts isn't all it's cracked up to be.

"So much of the day is reading, writing, persuading, talking, the halls of the global acronyms, I get bored of that. Telling the story, the repetition, being polite, which is not my f**king nature at all.

"But I can't stop really. As soon as I'm utterly redundant and useless, and I long for the f**king day, then I'm out.

"But whatever it is you can do doesn't stop -- unless people say 'enough now, you're f**king useless'. And I wish it was tomorrow."

The strident campaigner also opened up about his close relationship with U2 frontman Bono.

"Bono is my mate. We criticise each other constantly. He rings up and says 'what about this?' and I say I've never heard such shite in my life -- and then he goes ahead and does it anyway. He defines himself in opposition to me."

He also defended the criticism the rocker comes up against for devoting so much of his time to the fight against global poverty.

"If only you knew what a great guy he was. I couldn't give a shite that he's a mega popstar. I couldn't give a f**k. He's a lovely man and people don't get that. He's a highly clever man, never mind the slagging. It doesn't bother me. You'd have to ask Bono if it bothers him.

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"I'm very upfront and you can take me as I am or f**k off. But he's in a far more difficult position because he is one of the great rock'n'roll figures of the world and he has to balance what it is he wants to do as a human being and politically against the logic of being this other figure within the group. It's very dangerous," Geldof said.

Describing the delicate balance Bono tries to maintain between his band and his humanitarian work, Geldof explained: "You've got a job but you're doing something that endangers that job and your working mates are saying 'dude make up you're f**king mind' -- well, not make up your f**king mind because the band is massively behind a lot of it -- but they can't stand the compromises he has to make, which he takes on board.

"It's an extremely difficult tightrope and he's walked it extremely bravely and dangerously. You really make a mistake to underestimate that and he is a lovely person," said the Blackrock College old boy.

Bob Geldof was in Dublin's Mansion House on Friday night for a function organised by the Chello Foundation, a charity which focuses specifically on advancing the education of orphans and children affected by HIV and Aids in sub-Saharan Africa, to honour Peter Sutherland with the Chello Foundation Humanitarian Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in the United Nations.


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