You might have heard the story of Angus Mainland, the 19 year old student who, last Saturday, met a girl on a train on the way to a football match. He chatted with the girl and took a selfie with her. He even ‘allowed’ her to wear his favourite Crystal Palace scarf for the photo.
After the girl left the train, Angus was annoyed with himself for not having asked for her number, or even her name!
Even though Angus was delighted that his team beat Southampton 3 – 2 in that round of the FA Cup, he couldn’t get the girl out of his head, or his metaphorical foot out of his backside (he was kicking himself…..).
So Angus decided to use the power of social media, and tweeted a photo of the girl, asking for help in tracking her down. This plea was retweeted thousands of times around the world. The consequences of this were that Angus found the girl! They’ve been in contact ever since.
I had a lovely chat with Angus yesterday and he told me how incredible it had all been. I asked him how the girl felt and he read out a text from her which said” “It’s all fine. I love it!”
Isn’t it a great story?
But what would have happened if social media had yet to be invented? What would have happened to Angus if he had never met the girl? Would he have just got on with his life and maybe thought about her occasionally? Would he have got on with his life and forgotten all about her? Or would he have become so obsessed with her that he wasn’t ever able to concentrate fully on anything again and would see his career and future relationships fall apart because of her?
Extreme? No. Because that is exactly what happened to someone.
I know a guy who, also t the age of 19, met a girl at a disco in the late 80’s. (Co-incidentally he met her in Bournemouth, the same place in which both Angus and the girl from the train live!)
This 19 year old obviously didn’t have the Internet to help him so resorted to putting up notices in telephone boxes. But to no avail.
Over 20 years later and he was still obsessed about her.
His business failed, his relationships failed and he had accumulated an impressive collection of debts.
Realising that he wouldn’t ever be able to move on with his life until he exorcised this ghost from his past – or preferably meet it – he eventually decided it was time to seek help….
What happened next is poignant, romantic and above all humorous. But don’t just take my word for it;
“Funny from beginning to end”… Ricky Gervais
“Very funny”… David Baddiel
“The perfect romantic comedy, I loved it.”… Jimmy Carr
The Girl From The Discotheque, written by me and based on a true story, is available to download from Amazon now.
I hope you enjoy it and I hope it makes you as happy as Angus…