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Paul Oakenfold’s New Neighbour From Hell :: Skrufff.com

Reported by Trackitdown TID on October 11, 2004

Specific details of Paul Oakenfold’s London address were splashed all over the British press this week after it was announced that much hated British Prime Minister Tony Blair has bought the house next door.

“Guitar-playing Tony Blair can look forward to jamming sessions with next door neighbour Paul Oakenfold,” the Guardian predicted, adding that former squatter turned Madonna superstar producer William Orbit also lives in the same luxury Bayswater square.

President Bush’s acolyte reportedly paid £3.6million to live next door to Britain’s most commercially successful superstar DJ though Oakey is unlikely to be too pleased about the renewed publicity surrounding his wealth.

“I don’t understand why people wonder how much money other people are earning, I wasn’t given the job (of DJing)- I’m exactly the same as them,” he complained to Mixmag last year.

“Obviously, I got up and did it and if I wasn’t any good then I wouldn’t be here today. Chase your dreams, that’s my advice,” he said.

DJ magazine could be happier, however, judging by comments they made last year when they tried and failed to interview him for their annual Top 100 DJ issue.

“Paul’s clearly a very busy man with seemingly impenetrable levels of management around him and we are only a humble dance magazine,” they explained.

“It would probably have been easier to get an interview with Tony Blair.”

Oakey and Tony’s garden square (Connaught Square, by Marble Arch) was previously the site of London’s infamous Tyburn Gallows where thousands of people were executed at public hangings from the Middle Ages until just over 200 years ago. According to the Scotsman newspaper, the square even used to have its own gallows positioned outside No 49, with ‘many of the houses around the square having large iron balconies to give residents the best views’.

http://venus.soci.niu.edu/~archives/ABOLISH/rick-halperin/oct00/0089.html (‘The British once embraced executions with grim relish.. "Execution Day" was a Monday. Those about to be hanged were taken in an open cart from Newgate, generally attended by a huge enthusiastic crowd. . . . Ferdinand de Saussure, in A Foreign View of England, noted some 18th- century criminals "going to their death perfectly unconcerned, others so impenitent that they fill themselves full of liquor and mock at those who are repentant. . .")

http://www.richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk/gallery.html (British gallows prior to 1900’)

Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)