Tuesday 13 July 2010

Separated at birth?

Steve 'Lips' Kudlow - Anvil frontman and heavy metal also-ranCarles Puyol - Spanish defender and World Cup heroI had the good fortune to see Anvil! The Story of Anvil on the uniformly excellent BBC Four recently. It's often described as a real-life Spinal Tap, and I get the comparison but it's much more than that: it's a conflict between hope and experience that leaves you rooting for two friends who have never given up on their dream, even when that dream has never been so far away. Good stuff, and an engaging way to spend 90 minutes of your time. Steve "Lips" Kudlow (left), the Anvil frontman, embodies tragedy and comedy in equal measure.

Then, at the weekend, I watched the World Cup final, and the footballing gods were appeased by a victory for Spanish skill over Dutch defiance (and by defiance I mean harsh, sometimes brutal, tackling). Hooray for me, because I had Spain in the sweepstake at work and so now am quids-in. But during the game I noticed Spanish defensive stalwart Carles Puyol (right), and couldn't help but wonder: have he and and Lips ever been seen together? Or even in different places at the same time? Does the Catalan Cavalier secretly front an obscure and largely unsuccessful Canadian metal band?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

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