Buzzin': The Nine Lives of a Happy Monday
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This is when, in a manner surely unreplicated by any other human who ever lived, he branched out. First, to stave off bankruptcy, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother (2005), alongside Germaine Greer and Brigitte Nielsen, and won. I met my fiance, Firouzeh Razavi, nearly nine years ago. It was her 30th birthday and she was having a drink with her friends, while I was out with my mate. We walked into this bar, our eyes met across the table, and that was it. I’m not normally romantic, but I tried to make it special when I proposed to her. I set up a posh picnic basket and got her family and my family to wait on the top of this mountain near where we live. Me and Firouzeh walked up the mountain and she noticed a big letter D that I’d put out in tribute to her younger brother who’d died. Then she saw her dad. And her sisters and everyone else, and I proposed. It was great. And it’s easier if everyone is there so you don’t have to tell them all separately afterwards. Ryder, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD, is insistent that Bez has the same condition, but Bez refuses to be tested. “Not interested, mate.” Bez with Angela Egan in Dancing on Ice (Photo: Matt Frost/ITV)
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A whistle-stop tour of the man born Mark Berry’s 58 years on earth, it takes in urchin behaviour, homelessness, drugs, the Happy Mondays, more drugs, a near-fatal motorbike crash, new teeth, a kidnapping, bankruptcy, prison, stints on reality TV, standing to become a member of Parliament, and the Zen pleasures of beekeeping. The fact he’s even here today to recount it all is remarkable enough; that he manages to do so with what appears to be most of his marbles still intact frankly beggars belief. It’s just life, innit? I know people who’ve lived a life of high adventure; I always thought mine was f**king boring compared to theirs.” This is plain nonsense, for even a cursory dip into the book reveals the sort of tossed-aside snippets most other tomes might make a major feature of. “When I regained consciousness, I was in hospital,” he writes at one point. “I [then] caught the MRSA superbug, a really f**king nasty one.” He was in a coma for a month. “Multiple organ failures, heart failures, all sorts of shit going down. I was given the last rites.” Mark Berry was born on 18 April 1964 in Bolton, Lancashire,  the son of parents from the Norris Green district of Liverpool.  His father was a detective inspector.  He grew up in Little Hulton and Walkden, before moving to live with his grandparents in Wigan at the age of 16.  Career [ edit ] Bez introducing Ziggy Marley at GuilFest in 2011Because Bez himself makes for an unreliable narrator, the book frequently gives paragraphs over to his Happy Monday comrade, Shaun Ryder, himself an unreliable narrator. “You could throw him out of a jumbo jet at 50,000 feet,” Ryder says of Bez, “and he’ll land on a mattress and walk away.” Bez and his family on a fishing trip in Cornwall (Photo: Supplied) When he bowled into Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, he ended up winning the series, as viewers came to understand his fundamental decency and sunny outlook.
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Neither an accomplished musician nor even a very good dancer, Bez was a prime candidate for fleeting celebrity, soon to sink into ‘Where Are They Now?’ obscurity. When I got kidnapped, and held up by gunpoint and machetes, that was a massive turning point,” he says. The ordeal only lasted a few hours, but clearly affected him. “I didn’t want to keep living like this. I knew I had to do something else.”In the sitcom The Royle Family, Antony announces that he will be managing a band called "Exit", which will partly be inspired by Happy Mondays, with one of the members doing an imitation of Bez. In the comedy series Peep Show, Jeremy gets a mercy spot in a band called The Executioner's Bong as they tell him he can "get in on maracas". Jeremy protests, "I won't be Bez. I wanna be in there on merit!"