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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.