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Chris de Burgh’s Red Mist Over Irish Times Concert Review

by | 12th, September 2009

7231129 CHRIS de Burgh, has followed the work of Alain de Botton by responding to an unfavourable review in print.

De Botton’s words followed a poor review of de Botton’s book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work , by Caleb Crain in The New York Times. He wrote thus:

I will hate you till the day I die and wish you nothing but ill will in every career move you make. I will be watching with interest and schadenfreude.”

Perhaps if De Botton’s work were as interesting as his missives it’d be a hit? No another ‘De’ is at, as Chris de Burgh, a man who rhymed dance with romance and chance reacts to Peter Crawley’s review of one of his concerts in the Irish Times.

“A small man appears in suit trousers and a white shirt, giving a little wave, like a businessman happy to have finished a long day of conference calls.”

Dear Mr Crawley,


How the fond memories came flooding back, more than 30 years of them; you must have a Lexicon of Handy Insults, because you managed to use many of the same ones that have been used so many times before, and still they make me smile at their continued lack of imagination. “Small man . . . shudder . . . warbly tenor . . . mawkish balladeer . . . cringe factor . . . squeaky clean . . . snigger . . . cheesy” etc yes, they were all there, as used by many of your colleagues before…

How it must have galled you to hear the rapturous welcome I received at the start of the show; how you must have writhed at every standing ovation; how you must have cringed at every call of “Chris, we love you”; how you must have felt isolated as the audience rose to their feet as one, singing, dancing and

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