Rock legend and national treasure he may be, but Sir Paul McCartney isn’t afraid to dish it out to those who have given him cause for offence – remember that spat with his publicist a few years back after a midnight visit to see American illusionist David Blaine? – and now the ex-Beatle’s ire has been turned on a London cyclist.
According to The Sun, McCartney performed a surreal dance and put on a high-pitched voice to express his outrage at a cyclist riding along the streets near his Soho office who was urging pedestrians to get out of his way, although it’s unclear from the article whether the rider was on the pavement or the road.
The newspaper says that the 68-year-old, who despite the usual Lennon/McCartney credit is thought to have self-penned Beatles classics with potentially bike-related titles such as Fixing A Hole, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road and I’ll Follow the Sun, not to mention The Long and Winding Road, dashed out and shouted after the cyclist, “Ooh I'm so scary, I'm so scary," while performing a bizarre dance.
Bystander Mark Thorburn, aged 37, told the newspaper: "The cyclist was telling everyone to f*** off out of his way.
"Paul danced like an elf and put on a squeaky voice to take the mickey. It was the funniest and most surreal thing I've seen."
There’s no report of whether the cyclist, who was evidently Flying, was a Day Tripper or Some Other Guy, and it appears that the rock star’s exclamations met with No Reply.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.