I’m not going to lie, there was a time when I thought of Liam Gallagher as being a big knob with no knob. I blame this on my loyalty to Blur. I grew-up during the Brit Pop era – Blur versus Oasis – and I was firmly in the Blur camp. I lived in Colchester, Essex, home to Blur. I was destined to be a Blur fan whilst Mr C being a Mancunian was naturally destined to be an Oasis fan and later a Liam Gallagher fan.
Mr C Hearts Liam
I never used to be able to understand Mr C’s love for the cocksure Liam. I found him to be brash and arrogant compared to Damon who I felt was positively erudite in comparison. Where I saw Damon as being a musician that was constantly evolving, I (wrongly) believed that Liam was still stuck in his Brit Pop (even though they were more rock) heyday. I overlooked Damon’s flaws, his inability to sometimes hit the right note when singing live and his often patronising nature. I ignored it all because Damon was the face I had stuck up on my childhood bedroom wall. Damon’s poster was the one I slobbered over before I went to sleep. Damon was my first love.
Now I Love Liam
However, now I am older and a little wiser I find myself liking Liam more and more. Recently, I have been reading interviews with him and I have realised that underneath this bravado of manliness is a man who recognises that yes, he can be a bit of a tit but he doesn’t care. If anything he embraces the fact that he is a bit of a tit. I think this is a lesson for life that we can all learn from.
We all need to embrace our inner tit. Damon, I’m sorry but I think I’m now a little in love with Liam.
My new found love for Liam soared giddy heights when I watched an interview between him and Chris Moyles. Chris was pressing Liam on his love for running. Now as a fellow runner – or should that be wannabe runner? – I instantly recognised where he was coming from. He describes running as being “the best thing ever and once you get out there everything instantly falls into place”. YES! For me running is my time. Time to go over everything, time to analyse what I could have done better, time to think about what I need to do next. As Liam says “for me it reshuffles the pack” and it really does. Running brings about a sense of clarity. It helps you focus on what is important. So before I go for a run I might be stressing about selling the house and the fact that the estate agent doesn’t sodding communicate with us. When I get back from my run I have a formulated a plan and I am ready to kick arse!
When Chris Met Liam (Warning – There Is Some Swearing)
To quote Liam – although I don’t appreciate the language he uses in this instance –
“when I haven’t run, “I’m like a neurotic f*cking housewife”.
I often feel guilty for taking myself away from the family to go for a run but when I don’t exercise I am a nightmare to live with. Running allows me to clear my mind. It helps to quell the worrying and allows me to feel more in control. It also helps with my periods. Yes, TMI, but I can suffer from really painful periods. No, I’m not a wuss, yes, I can normally handle pain. My periods when bad are like the later stages of labour, I can throw up with them, the pain radiates up my back and all over and I am no use to anyone. However, exercising helps with these symptoms. I haven’t been able to exercise as much over the past month and my period reminded me why I need to make sure I keep the exercising up. It was not pleasant.
What Liam Has Taught Me
What I learnt from watching the interview with Liam is that he is actually very wise. He claims that he runs for about an hour, he doesn’t have “one of those silly watches” and he doesn’t listen to music. He just runs “like Forest Gump but only cooler looking”. This is the approach I have been taking with running lately. With no goal in mind, I’ve just been running. Running for no reason but to just run. Unlike Liam, I do need music but I like to think that I am running like Forest Gump too but there is no way that I am cooler looking. I run like Forest Gump and I’m proud. I just need to work on running with no music and then I will be running like Liam Gallagher.
Do you run? If so what is your running style?