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by Joe Ambrose, Literary Editor for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2005
George Best never lost his Irish accent, either literally or metaphorically
by Joe Ambrose, Literary Editor for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2005
George Best never lost his Irish accent, either literally or metaphorically

The Belfast Protestant Kenneth Branagh once told me about how he met George Best - a fellow Belfast Prod - at some celeb bash. Branagh, at the height of his acting fame just then, walked up to the soccer player and introduced himself, explaining that as a kid growing up in Belfast he'd idolised Best.

Best stared at Branagh quizzically and asked, "So what happened to your Belfast accent?"

"I was just crushed," Branagh told me, "to find that he - my hero - thought I'd been in some way Anglocised."

George Best never lost his Irish accent, either literally or metaphorically.

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Joe Ambrose
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Joe Ambrose has written 14 books, including Chelsea Hotel Manhattan and The Fenian Reader. Joe is currently working on his next book, Look at Us Now - The Life and Death of Muammar Ghadaffi, which is an expanded version of a story first published in the anthology CUT UP! Visit Joe's website for all the latest info: JoeAmbrose.co.uk.

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