Whether us west-dwellers knew it or not at the time, Notting Hill took centre stage in the fight against Ebola this month. Although Hillbillie Damon Albarn was not found to be warbling Do They Know It’s Christmas for charity with Sir Bob Geldof in one of our local recording studios. Albarn, who remains skeptical of the Geldof method of abating the crisis, did not join Bono and a host of other starlets – most of whom you have to have been born post 1990 to recognise (thank God, then, for One Direction, who even us most wizened of grannies could pick out of a tween line-up) – to lay down the third reinvention of Do They Know It’s Christmas.
Speaking on Channel 4 News, the Under The Westway singer said: ‘Having been to many countries and gotten to know many people, it always seems that we have only one view of it. Our perspective and our idea of what helps and our idea of what’s wrong and right are not necessarily shared by other cultures.’ Though we’re guessing that won’t put the kibosh on thousands of sales of the record. Come on Damon, don’t you know it’s Christmas time?