This is the series where I remember my recently passed friend Llŷr by posting a song which reminds me of him.
Amongst many other things, there were two interests which Llŷr and I shared: winding people up and showing off what we knew about pop music.
Sometimes, the two met in a perfect storm. Sometimes, people didn’t know if we were having them on about something, in a “boy who cried wolf” type scenario. Often, instead of finding that rather frustrating, we would feel vindicated and just laugh it up.
And, without a word being spoken, we both knew when there was a wind-up in play. And we both knew that having each others’ back would make the deception even funnier than we already thought it was.
Some examples: shortly after Hel (Llŷr’s older sister) and I met for the first time, she took me to one side and asked me this:
“Is it true what Llŷr has told me about Brian May’s guitar?”
It turns out that, amongst the many wind-ups Llŷr had foisted upon both his sisters, there lay this little nugget: that Brian May of that there Queen fame, had built himself the guitar which you so often see him play on footage of their performances.
“Oh, yeh,” I replied. “That’s true.”
Hel looked at me suspiciously, eyes narrowed.
This was before everyone had Google on their phones and could simply check the veracity of any such claim.
“Really,” I assured her.
At the reception (note: not a wake) after his funeral, some fifteen years later, Hel sidled up to me.
“You can tell me now,” she said. “You were both winding me up about the Brian May’s guitar thing, right?”
Example 2: one evening, when we still shared a flat, I got a call from Llŷr, who was out drinking with some work buddies.
“Dude, I’m going to pass you over to Jamie, he has a question for you.”
Cue the sound of a phone being passed between two drunken buddies.
“Yo, Jez! What’s Turning Japanese about?”
“It’s about wanking, Jamie. Surprised you need to ask.”
Footnote: at least one of these answers has subsequently been debunked. I’ll leave you to guess which.
Llŷr’s younger sister Sian is running the London Marathon this year, raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity. Sian won’t mind me saying that she is not normally the running type anymore than I am – she’s usually far too busy getting shot in the opening episode of series 5 of the fecking brilliant Line of Duty – so if you feel so inclined it’d be lovely if you could spare a few quid to support her. Thanks once again to all of you who have been generous enough to sponsor her so far – I know who (most of you) are and it is massively appreciated. If anyone else reading this would like to help, you can do so here: