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Having a wee browse through the Ciao Café I came across the chance to write about my 15 minutes of fame. Well, it's fame of sorts …The opportunity came 14 years ago when I called in at my local library one evening and got chatting to the new librarian This extremely enthusistic lady published a local magazine called 'The Lochalsh Link'. I had never heard of this magazine but when she showed me the first copy I was most impressed. We got chatting and I said that I loved to write - mainly for personal pleasure and occasionally for gain.
"Oh! How wonderful!" she enthused. "We're looking for someone to do an interview with Ian Anderson." I looked blank. "You know, that fellow who plays the flute with that band, Jethro Tull. He also owns the fish farm at Strathaird and we're interested in hearing his story about his fish farming business - and some gossip about his music, of course!" Ah! That Ian Anderson! Of course, I said yes. Who wouldn't?
The teatime of the evening when the interview was to take place, found me standing at the kitchen sink peeling potatoes thinking, "In 2 hours time I shall be talking to Jethro Tull! Me! I remembered seeing him on the tele in the 60's, he was practically an institution. Oh my!So, when I read the item "My 15 Minutes of Fame" in the Ciao Café, in the true spirit of showing off, I found the magazine in which my article appeared and I reproduce it for you here. Just a small note - when I mention Skye, this is the Isle of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland. Because the interview was for a local magazine, obviously it wasn't necessary to name the island in full. I've learned that one should never assume other readers know exactly the location you're referring to, so I just thought I'd mention it!
It's a long piece, feel free to yawn and scratch yourself, but if you do get to the end, let me know what you think. But remember, it was written 14 years ago and it was my first attempt at an interview:PART 1 - IAN ANDERSON - JETHRO TULL
When I was asked to interview Ian Anderson I had difficulty in placing the name because he is probably best known as Jethro Tull. Or, to people in this area, "Yon fishfarm fella..".After a deep grope in my memory, I recalled the 1970s and seeing a skinny, wild haired, straggly bearded fella on the TV one night. Two things that distinguished him from all the other skinny, wild haired, straggly bearded pop stars of that era was that this one played the flute whilst balancing on one leg.
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