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Monday, February 21, 2005  
Sitting on a cornflake

There’s a British character actor, portly, miserable-looking, late 30s, early 40s, who played the devil (possibly) in Russell T Davies’ The Second Coming, the vaguely controversial, sub-His Dark Materials religious drama broadcast on ITV early in 2003. He’s also in early Doors, among others things. He’s called Mark Benton, and a guy on my train looks just like him, only slightly balding too, which just adds to the air of defeated existential misery that he carries with himself. I have a vague impression of him sometimes listening to a walkman, but I think I’m mistaken. Certainly he is sometimes reading a book, but is more often asleep.

I sat next to him today. He was reading a book. It was The Bible. When he’d finished with it (he didn’t appear to read much) he produced a small purple zip bag, not much larger than the book itself, and placed the book in it. It looked to have been designed especially for the book. I wasn’t surprised.

I feel sorry for that guy.

The man on the cliff was playing scrabble with an old lady, in the shelter on the cliff, at 3pm. He doesn’t look like the type of man you might imagine would live in a shelter on top of a cliff. He’s always clean-shaven. Where does he shave?


2/21/2005 05:10:00 pm


Anonymous bushra - 12:21 pm

he also appeared in that aero chocolate advert, the one with the dancing mouse, and he goes, 'no thanks, i think i'll stick to my bubbly chocolate.' that's what i remember everytime mark benton appears on a tv guide. shit, my tooth hurts.

Blogger Nick - 2:22 pm

Aye, that's the chap.


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