Robert Peston: Not just a diamond, he’s a diamond dawg!

It’s hard to remember those sunny pre-crash days, before the bankers got greedy and sold the economy down the river. As the bleak ruinous reality unfolded, Robert Peston’s daily ‘Upshares, Downshares’ reports on Radio 4 felt like a comfort in turbulent times. The news might be grim, but in the tradition of BBC broadcasting, intelligent delivery of it, seems to ease it somewhat. Thus, the floppy-haired, bespectacled brainiac, Robert Peston, became the public’s favourite economics egg-head.

Last week he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, and, blow me down, his specialist subject was none other than the only man to convincingly carry off the quilted catsuit and orange mullet combo, David Bowie (1966-76). I’m aware that I’m late to the party, but in recent years I’ve had a massive Bowie obsession, mainly the mid to late seventies Berlin period and his collaborations with Brian Eno. I even went so far as to cut and bleach my hair, and wear a black hat at a jaunty angle, which, in windy west Wales was no mean feat.

My own personal Bowie-fest coincided with the fantastic Bowie exhibition at the V&A, and I went with my daughter who is also a fan, although she’s more a ‘Hunky Dory’ kinda gal. Being able to see his costumes in such detail was incredible, as they’re works of art in themselves, and the inclusion of art works by Carl Andre, Roelof Louw and Gilbert & George helped to set the scene for Bowie to emerge not just as a musician, but a performance artist.

The exhibition was entertaining and awe-inspiring, but I felt I’d only really scratched the surface with one visit. So, I was elated when my brother gave my husband a copy of the exhibition book, ‘David Bowie is Inside’ for Christmas. Now I can Bowie-browse whenever the mood takes me.


While it might be a stretch to imagine fellow Bowie-fan Robert Peston donning a one-legged, off the shoulder, knitted onesie at weekends in honour of his hero, I like to think that somewhere, tucked away amidst his vast library of political and economic tomes, he has a well-thumbed copy of ‘David Bowie is Inside’ too.

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If ever there was an outfit destined to brighten up a BBC economics report, surely this is it.