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WAWIBF... Richard Ashcroft

24 June 2006

On Monday evening Richard Ashcroft presented himself at The Bridge Centre youth centre in Chippenham and declared, 'I'm Richard, I'm going to be doing some youth work here. You'll be seeing a lot more of me.' Marvellous. Not since Adam Ant dressed up as a cowboy and threw an alternator through a pub window in Kentish Town has a pop star's eccentricity been so delightfully capricious. Although he was doing a fair bit of swearing by all accounts, one eye-witness told The Sun, 'He wasn't aggressive. In fact, he was quite charming and friendly. He kept hugging some staff and kids.' And although he 'looked like a tramp' and had 'saliva caked around his mouth', it was clear that Ashcroft had nothing but philanthropy on his mind. Michael Jackson would never have got away with it. Eventually however, as he was clearly 'off his head' and refusing to go home and sleep it off, police were called and Ashcroft was arrested.

According to further reports, such as the one at the rather mean-spirited Wiltshire Times, Ashcroft then 'made a fool of himself' and 'humiliated himself' by singing to the arresting officers in the back of the police car. Nonsense. We won't hear of it. In fact, we're with MrHurst on the forums at Ashcroft's official site, when he says: 'You know what? At least the man wants to do something positive, something good. It's not like he has gone in there and wrecked the place, he wanted to help. I know there are ways and means to go about things, but fair play to him.' Exactly. Fair play to him. It's just such a shame his music these days is so utterly unlistenable.

Youth outreach charities should apply to Richard directly through his website: richard@richardashcroft,com

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