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Going Down With The Jones

At least Brian Ferry had the good grace to sit nice and quiet during that Ugandan knife incident.

14 December 2003

Vinnie Jones should be ashamed of himself. Not only did he get drunk on a transatlantic flight, threaten to take out a contract on the cabin crew, abuse a woman and slap a man - but he forgot the golden rule of being a celebrity on an aeroplane: you sit tight and shut up because everyone thinks the aeroplane is doomed anyway because you're on it.

Everyone onboard that flight was thinking: "Oh Christ, Vinnie Jones is sitting over there, we're going down in a ball of flames." The last thing they needed was the footballer himself to precipitate the disaster by running amok, shouting "I can get you murdered. I can get the whole crew murdered for 3,000." At least Brian Ferry had the good grace to sit nice and quiet during that Ugandan knife incident. (Although the other members of Roxy Music must have been cursing their luck after that plane made it down in one piece. All those retrospective album sales, documentary appearances, tribute tours... damn it, they must have wept).

If the judge in the Jones trial had any sense, he'd have sentenced him to be taken on a series of helicopter flights with Eric Clapton, Brian Eno and Meatloaf.

Let him know how it feels to be doomed.



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