In Tuesday’s daily, we reopened the cold-case mystery of who vandalised Chris de Burgh’s page in the Newcastle Tele-West Arena guestbook in 2001. Someone took great care to mimic his handwriting to add the words “I am gay” under the message he wrote in it, and the only other acts to have played in between times were 5ive, The Corrs, Bjorn Again and the Beautiful South.
So who was it? One reader has a theory:
“My money is on the Beautiful South. When they were threatened with legal action by Jazzie B over a lyric in their song ‘My Book’ they were advised to settle out of court. Jazzie B’s publishers sent over a raft of legal papers for Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray to sign.
“Feeling aggrieved and wanting to make things as difficult as possible for Jazzie B’s people, Heaton and Rotheray not only signed the requested bits, but next to every reference to ‘Trevor Beresford Romeo, professionally known as Jazzie B’ they wrote ‘CUNT’ in very large letters, assuming this would render the documents useless.
“They were very disappointed when Jazzie B’s people got in touch to thank them for their co-operation and assuring them that everything was now cool at their end.”