Apropos of nothing at all, just in case you have a few spare minutes, here again is one of my all-time favourite short videos. It was filmed just over a year ago on a busy Saturday in Patrick Street, the centre of Cork’s main shopping area. By strict definition it’s not really a ‘flash mob’ where the event is spontaneous – there was a bit of rehearsal.
Patrick Street is where the Cork Marathon starts and finishes, and of course Cork is where I consider my spiritual home. The song was composed by Jeff Lynne, supposedly after being holed up in Switzerland in crap weather for a fortnight when the sun finally broke through.
For years the song has been part of the pre-match build up ‘down the Blues’ – Brummie-speak for going to St Andrews to watch Birmingham City play. As Jasper Carrot sighed ‘you draw some, you lose some.’
I somehow breaks my heart. Hope you like it.