Sunday, 11 March 2012

Believe it or Not - Part 1



Believe it or not, this is not Van
Believe it or Not!


  -  Real Foods Daily, an eatery in Hollywood, has opted to name a menu item  after Van.  Folks seeking a healthy alternative can hunker down over a plate of Van Morrison Shepherd's Pie, which consists of tempeh, lentils and vegetables baked in a tomato miso sauce topped with whipped sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
  -  There is a Van Morrison Road in Monticello, Georgia in the USA.  (why doesn't your town have one?)

  -  English cricketer Graham Cowdrey (son of you know who) had the nickname Van because of his love of the great man.  (Georgie Fame loves cricket apparently but I couldn't imagine Van being a fan.)

  -  Retired systems analyst Mike Millard has seen Van in concert over 700 times. 
   -  According to a BBC survey Into the Mystic is one of the most popular songs for surgeons to listen to whilst performing operations.

  -  Brown Eyed Girl has been played on radio over 10 million times becoming only the 10th song to achieve this milestone. 

  -  Van's most active performing year was 2000 when he performed 163 concerts

  -  Van said in a 2009 interview that "the Beatles were peripheral".

  -  After performing in the SXSW Festival in Austin in 2008 the talentless celebrity commentator, Perez Hilton, published a rumour that Van was banned from several area hotels for throwing a food tray at an employee.   The rumour was completely untrue which was verified by the manager of the Driskill Hotel where he stayed.

  -  In 2009 Van recorded his 2009 Orpheum Theater show in Los Angeles so that he could give copies of the performances to Farrah Fawcett who was suffering with terminal cancer. 

  -  Van is a fan of the gold harmonicas, microphones, saxophone stand and his microphone stand with the "VM" logo.  All of these were made by the the so-called "Mr. Microphone" (Dennis Oelig) of Kansas City, Missouri.

  -  The website Rock Nuggets.com claim Van suffers from diralophobia which is an intense fear of cuckoo clocks. That's not as bad as Billy Bob Thornton who claims to be scared of antiques and komodo dragons. 

  -  Van, who left school at 14, has two honorary doctorate degrees.  In 2001 he was awarded a Doctorate of Music from Queen's University.  In the early 1990s he received a doctorate in literature from the University of Ulster.

  -   Colin Abbott originally from the Bloomfield area of Belfast but now of Jarrahdale, Western Australia claims that one night in a central Belfast pub, Van asked him to lend him a pound. Unfortunately, he only had about three shillings in his pocket, and had to tell him that he couldn't help him. 

  -  Van claimed in an interview that his suits were made by the tailor who makes suits for the Sultan of Brunei

  -   Salmon Rushdie, by his own admission, once danced--or, to be precise, pogoed--with Van Morrison in Bono's living room. 

  -  At dailypress.com Nicole Stanley claimed in 2005 that "your Van Morrison posters" are among the "a few bare essentials every student and every dorm room should have".  She goes on to ask "how else are you going to make a stunning impression the first week of college?".

  -  Van doesn't "go to night clubs anymore".  What's more improbable is that he ever did.  Did he really hang out at Studio 54 in the 70s with Mick, Bianca, Andy Warhol, etc?  

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