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World behaving madly

18 June 2004

An odd little story in the news this week: Neil Morrissey, star of Men Behaving Badly, Bob the Builder and the much-loved, extremely funny Homebase adverts, has bought a 13th century castle in south east Wales.

Laugharne Castle, which comes with a Georgian house in its grounds, is famous for its Dylan Thomas connection - the Welsh wordsmith lived locally and wrote his chilling, Crichton-esque, gene-splicing techno-thriller Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog in its grounds.

It's thought Morrissey bought the castle for around 750,000. Morrissey also owns a number of other properties in the area: a house, a pub and two hotels. Dylan Thomas wrote at one the hotels, Brown's Hotel, which Morrissey bought for 670,000.

Why, one might wonder, is Morrissey doing this? Well, the various properties are going concerns and presumably good investments, and there's a possibility that Morrissey could cash in on the Dylan Thomas industry, turning Laugharne castle into 'a kind of Welsh village-theme park', according to the Observer


Obviously, adverts pay well. But we're not talking a few hundred grand here, we're talking millions and millions if you extrapolate Neil's actual wealth from his recent spending.

Neil Morrissey has given many people much happiness over the years, apart from Les Dennis, but he's not exactly Kirk Douglas. He's been in a sitcom, done the voices for a kids' show and flogged some power drills. Fair dos, good on you, Neil, and we hope DylanLand works out, but, frankly, has the world gone mad?

What next? 'Jo Brand: my $15bn fortune'? 'Krankies buy Saudi Arabia'? 'Rees Dinsdale builds holiday home on Neptune'?

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