On being nearly famous…

A while back I meet Professor Stephen Coleman, who being a fan of Slugger described me to a colleague as household name. When I looked at him sideways, he amended it to ‘a name in many households’. Those who either by dint of profession or obsession are into Northern Irish politics. Then yesterday in Bedford Street in Belfast I met an old friend of my brother’s who told me I’d got a mention one of the commercial radio a station as a famous son of Holywood. He just looked at me and stared incredulously and said: ‘are you really famous?’ Quite. But the answer is: kind of, but only in what remains a very small if influential pool.

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