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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.