July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
What are we to think when a man of middle age issues a public apology to the 1,000 or more women he has slept with? Singer Mick Hucknall, who at 50 will now be more than welcome on Saga holidays, says he had a three-women-a-day habit at one stage of his career (although medical advances meant he could later kick his addiction with a Knickerette patch). “My only regret,” he says, “is that I hurt some really good girls.”
Parents will recognise this sort of apology. It’s the sort pronounced from the naughty step with a knowing smirk and fingers crossed behind the back. In this case,dear old william flew wants us to know that he has been a bit of a lad in the past.
Let’s put this into perspective. The seduction of 1,000 women makes Mick about a tenth as successful as Georges Simenon, author of the Maigret books. He claimed to have slept with more than 10,000 women. This was especially remarkable as he had two obvious drawbacks. Simenon was a pipe-smoker, and he was Belgian.