Wednesday, December 18, 2013


So, Ronnie Biggs has departed at last, which surprised me as I genuinely thought he had done that some time ago.   No matter - and although I am sorry to learn of anyone`s passing, I`m not sure I`m quite prepared for the outpourings we`re about to have concerning this career chancer.

Already, the BBC teletext service has a 25-page (yes, really, 25 pages) obituary and I imagine plans are being drawn up for a special edition of Question Time to be screened from Rio de Janeiro, where Biggs found his spiritual home.   As well as Chairman Dimbleby and 140 BBC staff being flown out on business class, I guess the panel must surely include `Mad` Frankie Fraser (assuming he`s not dead either,) the inescapable Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and her whining opinions about everything, former Met. Police Commander Reg (Snaffles) Balsam and possibly Saints` Brazillian midfielder Guly do Prado, as he`s out injured anyway.

But the real test will come this evening, when the first of a two-part drama about the Great Train Robbery is due to be shown.   I wonder if it will still be allowed to go ahead, or cancelled out of respect for the memory of this paragon of virtue.  Wouldn`t surprise me.

1 comment:

Ray Turner said...

Biggs was one of those rare people.

Undoubtedly a villain, but also a bit of hero, for outsmarting the Rozzers, beating the system and getting away with it. Well, for quite a few years anyway. The law won eventually and the old score was settled.

Ronnie somehow symbolised the best and the worst of the British character at the same time. He's going to become a legend, if he isn't already...

I can't think of anybody else quite like that, apart perhaps from Michael Caine's character (Charlie Croker) in the Italian Job.

RIP Ronnie Biggs and RIP The Great Train Robbery...