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KEVIN CLARKE COLUMN: MASTERING THE SELFIE

25 March 2016

The Talksport People's Pundit winner recounts an experience from earlier this season.


Saturday 12th September, half-time at the Amex, we had taken an early lead courtesy of Tomer Hemed, just after the very moving events prior to kick-off against Hull.
 
I was in the gents reflecting on this, eyes wandering around the room, when I spotted a guy in sunglasses who looked very familiar, then it hit me, the drummer from Royal Blood (for the uninitiated they are a two- piece band from Worthing and Littlehampton who have gone from obscurity to supporting the Arctic Monkeys and winning a Brit Award all in the space of a year or so).
 
But was it him? Well, he had sunglasses on indoors (a sure sign of a rock star!).  I then went into semi-stalker mode (post-urinal I hasten to add!), observing his movements from afar as I decided whether to approach him.

My confidence increased as I spotted another fan getting a selfie, it was him (Ben Thatcher, just for those who like the detail).  I made my move, but then my next challenge; I’m 46 and haven’t mastered the selfie.

When I did one with Tommy Elphick on the People’s Pundit, I ended up getting him to do it. On our family holiday this year, I even bought a selfie stick only to discover that 90% of my shots had the stick clearly visible in the photo!  The kids who usually bail me out in this situation were not with me at the game; consequently I fumbled with the phone, mentioning I wasn’t very good at them, until Ben finally put me out of my misery and did a ‘Tommy’.

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I reflected on my embarrassing moment. There had been worse. I had a failed (blurred) photo with Kenny Dalglish at a football hall of fame event. I quickly charged back when I spotted the problem, “Kenny, Kenny, sorry mate,” I said as I went back to stand next to him for a quick re-take (I wondered why he was looking at me so strangely as we posed together). Then my mate (taking the photo) filled me in. I had unwittingly stood straight in front of the next person in the queue, who was in a wheelchair.
 
So, if Fatboy Slim, Des Lynam, Alan Mullery, Bobby Zamora or our main man Tony Bloom happen to read this, you have my word that I will not approach you under any circumstances (well maybe, if the kids are with me!). Come on you Seagulls!

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