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Started by JerkinMcGherkin on Nov 2, 2011 11:55:16 AM
People who are just "there"

These people just appear in public life suddenly from nowhere and you think "who?", "Why?", "where the f*** did they come from?".

Natalie Haynes (TV and radio pundit, alleged stand-up comedian and 'classicist') is one.

Sly Bailey (Trinity Mirror CEO) is another.

Simon Cowell was also one.

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stemwinder - 02 Nov 2011 11:56:58 (#1 of 359)

Jimmy Savile suddenly popped up, out of nowhere.

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RosyLovelady - 02 Nov 2011 12:02:07 (#3 of 359)

The late Kitty Muggeridge said that David Frost "rose without trace" in the 1960s.

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JerkinMcGherkin - 02 Nov 2011 12:04:48 (#5 of 359)

Well there was a trail with Cameron, he was a special adviser to Norman Lamont and then made his way to Parliament via Carlton TV.

John Major was someone who just appeared, though.

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SharkPatoo - 02 Nov 2011 12:09:22 (#7 of 359)

Its lucky Yasmin gets to write stuff down because she can hardly string a sentence together when it comes to thattalking.

RosyLovelady - 02 Nov 2011 12:09:24 (#8 of 359)

Zoe Williams belongs in this category too.

JerkinMcGherkin - 02 Nov 2011 12:09:53 (#9 of 359)

There were various 80s American pop acts who appeared out of nowhere but in that "were always there" sort of way. Bruce Hornsby and the Range and Huey Lewis and the News, for example.

SlasherBindman - 02 Nov 2011 12:12:05 (#10 of 359)

The News 24 review of the papers at 11pm

Bald Bill Buckley, who apparently was on That's Life many years ago.

David Davies of the Football Association (he had it off with Faria Alam).

If you watch the Sky News equivalent slot, you will see James Max, failed Apprentice candidate and now a gobshite on a London radio station.

MaisonLazlique - 02 Nov 2011 12:12:33 (#11 of 359)

I saw Bruce Hornsby and The Range once, it was ace The Range did the central heating, and he had an orphaned baby lamb recovering in the little oven with the door open.

SlasherBindman - 02 Nov 2011 12:13:06 (#12 of 359)

Natalie Haynes (TV and radio pundit, alleged stand-up comedian and 'classicist') is one.

Good call, as the Americans would say.

Sorcha65 - 02 Nov 2011 12:13:23 (#13 of 359)

I don't agree. Whether you like Yasmin Alibhai-Brown or not, she can string a sentence together, knows about the field she writes/broadcasts on, and has been writing, researching and broadcasting for the last 20 years and has a track record of books and articles. She's not suddenly appeared from nowhere.

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SlasherBindman - 02 Nov 2011 12:14:03 (#15 of 359)

Back in the day, toothy TV astronomer Heather Couper and her bow-tied colleague Nigel Henbest.

kokolores - 02 Nov 2011 12:14:23 (#16 of 359)

That's the problem I have with The Apprentice, it unleashes all those ambitious no-marks into the meeja.

'How do you keep 'em down on the farm, after they've sat on Lord Sugar's knee?'

JerkinMcGherkin - 02 Nov 2011 12:14:32 (#17 of 359)

Jeremy Irons appeared out of nowhere as a leading actor in big productions (Brideshead, French Lieutenant's Woman) and left me with the vague feeling that I knew his name from somewhere. It was only years later that I found out that I did - from Playaway.

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MaisonLazlique - 02 Nov 2011 12:16:04 (#19 of 359)

I was always puzzled by bands that appeared (The Verve spring to mind) accompanied by a whole mythos and backstory.

When that whiney album was out, geting Jo Whiley in a Burma Shave froth, it was packaged as their much awaited "comeback".

I'd been kicking around shoegazey music for some time, and I'd never heard of the whingey fuckers, or would have awaited their boring album with anything other than a cricket bat.

The Bluebells, that's another one.

Logosquo - 02 Nov 2011 12:16:59 (#20 of 359)

Russel Brand! Where did he come from?

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