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The evening I discussed dish-washing with George Harrison | Life and style | The Guardian

The evening I discussed dish-washing with George Harrison | Life and style | The Guardian

The evening I discussed dish-washing with George Harrison | Life and style | The Guardian
July 09
09:23 2017

It was the early 90s and I was at a loose end. I phoned a former employer and crossed my fingers.

Three days later I was the new kitchen assistant at a small activity centre in the Brecon Beacons. Mostly I just did the washing-up. I didn’t mind. The view from the window was amazing and the walls of the kitchen bounced to the sounds of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was happy.

One day, the manager summoned us all to the staffroom. He seemed very excited about something. I can still picture his suntanned face and blue eyes, but his name has long escaped me. However, he looked like a Dave so I’ll call him that.

Dave said: “I had an important phone conversation today. Next week, George Harrison’s son is staying here and George will call every evening to check everything is all right. So nobody is to use that phone. And if it rings and it’s someone else, we get them off the line as quick as possible. That phone has to be free for George.”

I looked across the staffroom at the phone on the desk. George Harrison’s voice was going to be on the other end of that. George Harrison. The Beatle. The one who wrote Here Comes the Sun and Taxman. The one with the best hair. Here. In this room. Suddenly, I was in a place of greatness.

I regret forgetting Dave’s name because Dave was a wonderful manager. George Harrison’s son was with us for a week and Dave organised a rota so each staff member had a chance to pick up the phone and speak to a Beatle. But he briefed us carefully. No small-talk. No phone hanging. Just answer politely and pass it on.

When my turn came, I was let out of the kitchen early. I stood in the staffroom, with Dave right next to me, and waited for the greatest phone conversation of my life. And then…

“Hello.”

“Hello. Who is it this time?”

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