Tony Law, comedian
Well, de Klerk turns a whopping 73 today, and what a life he’s had. He was the only man to take it seriously when Jerry Dammers and his band The Special AKA released Free Nelson Mandela – it took him a couple of years, but he did. Hence, he effectively ended racism in South Africa, which went massively against the grain of his early political career, when he was considered quite the supporter of segregation. Anyway, we love it when a baddie turns out to be a goodie, so we thought we’d buy him an excellent birthday present. We debated for hours, and it boiled down to a toss up between some really cool plimsolls that a pretentious friend of ours found at a poser’s flea market in Hoxton, or a clip of some funny jokes about a bear and a shark. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday de Klerk!