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The third Mr Glasgow

Drunk, spurned and locked out of his flat, Mr MacBleaney consoles himself by remembering former glories

By Alasdair Gray   December 2007

A storm of rage brought him to his feet, stamping up and down the lobby. Billy Connolly was better known than Rory MacBleaney for bad bad bad bad bad reasons. Connolly and his what—partner? second wife?—had been pally with Prince Charles and Diana before the royal divorce, what claim to fame was that? Connolly was not a bad comedian—not as good as Jimmy Logan, though still quite good—but he was not an actor! In his biggest film, Mrs Brown, he had played Queen Victoria’s Highland gillie with a Glasgow accent! It was the only accent he could do! The English…

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