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‘Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn proof older people officially getting younger’

Tanya Sweeney


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A picture of youth: Noel Gallagher is 54. Photo: Tony Gavin

A picture of youth: Noel Gallagher is 54. Photo: Tony Gavin

A picture of youth: Noel Gallagher is 54. Photo: Tony Gavin

It’s been an unnerving week, not least because I have discovered the existence of a Twitter account called ‘Meldrew Point’. The account wishes a happy birthday to celebrities who turn 19,537 days old (roughly 53 and a half), which was exactly actor Richard Wilson’s age when the very first episode of One Foot In The Grave was aired on January 4, 1990. Wilson’s character, Victor Meldrew, you may recall, was the quintessential old grump, positively festering in the autumn of his youth. Children, pets, power cuts, next-door neighbours, noisy cars — nothing was off-limits when it came to a good old gripe. A new retiree, Meldrew was out of step with more modern times, and settled further into idiosyncrasy as the series went on.

Anyway, this week, it was the turn of Blur frontman Damon Albarn to reach his Meldrew Point; Blur, who, to my mind, are still Britpop’s boyish, cheeky chappies. Other recent inductees into the Meldrew Point hall of fame include Molly Ringwald, Ice Cube, Lisa Bonet… eeek, Mark Ruffalo.


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