Title: Spaceship Moon
Original Record Date: Unknown
acast Publication Date: February 5, 2020
Youtube Publication Date: February 5, 2020
Please Welcome a Man
Who is always the first with your vagina news.
I was hanging out with the kids from Stranger Things the other day. […] Except for the one in the Upside-Down, who calls it Upside-down T, 7, H, Kind of Rabbit Ears. He doesn’t even need to turn his calculator upside-down. It always says “BOOBS” for him.
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Have you ever seen a ghost?
Um, I – yes, but then I realized… Because I think that’s the interesting thing, which is that I think everyone will have seen a ghost at some point, but then most people will have gone, “Oh, hang on – what else could it have been?” So every time that I used to take the shortcut across the graveyard that was between the pub and my house, when I lived in Peckham, I would see the ghost of a nun. Because also it was one of those graveyards that had a lot of nun-shaped gravestones. So even, however rational you are, when you’re half-pissed and it’s midnight and you see something that looks like the shape of an angry nun ready to suck out your soul by any means necessary, you do quicken the pace and fall haphazardly over the wall. And then once you are back home you go, “Probably a nun-shaped grave.” You know?
If you could take one item from any museum or art gallery – and you’re allowed to take it home with you – in the world, what would you take?
That’s really hard. I think – yeah. I mean, the immediate thing would be something like – I was going to say there’s a Turner painting in the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, but that’s giving away the fact that I’m about to steal it, isn’t it? So I better not be specific. *RH notes that RI is allowed to take the item.* There’s a Turner painting there of a sunset, which was the first time that I really looked at a Turner painting and went, Oh, I get it. You know that moment where every now and again there’s that fantastic kind of Damascene moment where you go – I was going to say you see the light, which of course you literally do with the Turner. But it was that kind of moment. So I think something like that. I really love the work of Louise Bourgeois. Ah, Paula Rego though. I went to a fantastic – and there was a really great Paula Rego exhibition, it was at the Milton Keynes Gallery, which is going up to the gallery of modern art in Edinburgh. And I think Paula Rego is just such an incredible… The fact that her paintings actually change things as well. That her political paintings – her paintings about, you know, legalizing abortion, that she did – that they actually had a genuine effect on the politics and the rights in the country; and yet they’re beautiful and they’re speaking and they’re kind of canny. So I think I would pick, uh… I’ll tell you what. I’ll have that Paula Rego one with that weird kind of nightmare thing. Im starting to sound like Mark Steel. But with the – yeah, there’s one with a kind of nightmarish rabbit in the background.
Who’s the most surprising famous person you’ve been in a lift with? And which I mean, you can’t have gotten into the lift with them; they had to be in the lift you were in.
Oh man, I don’t know. I normally take the stairs because of health reasons. *RH revises the question to be who the most famous person RI has crossed on the stairs.* Yeah, who would that be? I mean – oh, I didn’t quite get into a lift with him, but I remember John Malkovich on an escalator was pretty good. There was John Malkovich on an escalator in Green Park, because he really does have – You know, there are certain performers, which the level of their charisma is potent. It really is a kind of, like, the ether of their majesty just hovers around them. And I think, yeah, John Malkovich really has that. So yeah, John Malkovich, down the escalator, Piccadilly Line. I was slightly behind, yeah.
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