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Keith Richards in his latter years, is turning into quite the most bizarre and wonderful human being anyone could meet, is he not? Sharper than anyone has a right to be after the life he’s lead, and able to laugh at himself enough to appear as, effectively, his own dad in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Then there was the mystery brush with the coconut tree, the time he said he snorted his own dad’s ashes, the over-candid memoirs, the guy appears to be a one-man astonishment factory.
So it should come as no surprise to discover that he’s also a secret donator to worthy causes. Like the Isle Of Wight radio station Angel Radio, which claims to play any music from 1900 to 1969 and NO FURTHER. The station recently suffered some storm damage, and lost a transmitter after it was hit by lightning.
The station broadcast an appeal for funds to help fix things (presumably by standing on top of their offices and shouting) and were surprised to receive a £3,000 check in the post, signed Keith Richards.
Director and programme controller Bev Webster, the stations director and programme controller told the Isle of Wight County Press: “We thought the cheque was a joke. But accountants confirmed it was the real Keith Richards.”
“I don’t know if Keith listens to us on the internet, or maybe he tuned in when the Rolling Stones played the Isle of Wight Festival a few years ago, but we couldn’t believe it when we received his check in the post.”
And now Keith’s spokesperson has confirmed it was his check, but he won’t explain how Keith found out about it in the first place.
NEXT WEEK: Keith happens upon the secret of time-travel, and comes back from the future with a recipe for seawater gasoline!
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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