We can’t remember whether this story came in after we asked for the best bit of advice a celebrity ever gave you, a chat-up line that a celebrity used on you, or which legendary caners you had seen in action – but it somehow manages to hit all three…
“In 2013, I unexpectedly found myself on a night out in Cork with the late infamous drug-smuggler-turned-folk-hero, Howard Marks. As a few of us were ambling from one pub to another at 1am, I asked Howard how he managed to keep up the pace at his age (he was about 67 at the time).
“He replied in his rich Welsh timbre, ‘Well, you get used to it… although a bit of coke helps too.’
“Soon after that, in the next pub, poor Howard tried to make a pass at me by enquiring as to whether he had any “red stuff” on his lips, and motioning for me to look closely.”