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Friday 28 November 2014

Ivan's Log: Shades of yellow and blue turn on star Jamie Doran

Football fan: Hollywood star Jamie Dornan, pictured with actress Eva Mendes, follows Bangor FC
Football fan: Hollywood star Jamie Dornan, pictured with actress Eva Mendes, follows Bangor FC
Ruby Murray
Andy Murray

Never mind Fifty Shades Of Grey, actor Jamie Dornan is partial to shades of yellow and blue. For the man who's about to become a household name and an instantly recognisable face to millions of people – especially women – around the world after the release of the blockbuster Christian Grey movie is a supporter of Bangor Football Club.

The handsome model-turned-actor who beat off stiff competition to get the role of the sado-masochistic Mr Grey makes no bones of his affection for the Seasiders.

His love affair with the team started when his father Jim was a director of the Clandeboye Park club.

And Jamie regularly went along to see the Seasiders in action.

Even now my spies tell me that Jamie is still a keen follower of Bangor's exploits and in the past has even sponsored a number of the team's players.

And, if Jamie can't make it in person to watch Bangor play, he apparently goes on the internet to keep up to date with their exploits.

Which isn't difficult because Bangor have one of the best websites in the business with their games recorded for screening on their own TV channel.

Even when Jamie was filming Fifty Shades in Vancouver, friends said he made sure he knew what was going on back home in Bangor.

Football club officials know all about their famous supporter.

"Yes it's true," says Bangor chairman Trevor Best. "He's probably our best known fan and we're proud to have him backing us."

But it hasn't been a particularly happy time football wise for Jamie who has been back home in recent months playing the role of serial killer Paul Spector in the TV series The Fall.

Not only did Bangor miss out on promotion to the Premier League but his other heroes Manchester United had their worst season for ages and suffered more beatings than Christian Grey's partners.

Food for thought over slang for curry

Is Belfast’s Ruby Murray about to lose her crown as the most famous name associated with Cockney rhyming slang?

For years she’s had no peers as a Ruby became synonymous with a curry.

But now guitarist Hank Marvin has claimed there’s a new pretender to the throne.

The former Shadows musician insists more and more people are calling a curry an Andy Murray because of the popularity of the Wimbledon champion.

Hank’s name of course is known to many as shorthand for hunger. But in recent TV appearances he has looked anything but happy when he’s been asked about the ‘I’m Hank Marvin’ rhyming slang.

It’s a phrase which even features in TV advertisements where dozens of Hank lookalikes ease their hunger pangs with snacks called Mattesons’ fridge raiders.

Which are definitely not a Ruby or even an Andy.

Nothing to report from Fall star

And talking of The Fall, which also stars Gillian Anderson, Monaghan actor Nick Lee who plays the role of reporter Ned Callan in the series has revealed how he learnt the tricks of the journalistic trade.

Nick, who has been back in Belfast to film the second season of the thriller, credits a correspondent from these parts for helping him with his research. The Belfast Telegraph’s Deborah McAleese took Nick on a tour of the newspaper offices and gave him an insight into the business.

Callan is a hard-nosed reporter on the fictitious Belfast Chronicle but unlike a real hack, Nick is refusing to leak anything whatsoever about the new season’s storyline.

Song variety spice of live for Van

If you go to see most rock or pop stars in concert in the same weeks or months, you usually get exactly the same set whether it’s in Belfast or Birmingham.

With Van Morrison, you don’t even get the same songs in the same venue on the same day.

Van played two concerts in Warrenpoint Town Hall the other weekend as part of the Blues on the Bay Festival.

Only five of the 15 songs from his first set in the afternoon were repeated at the second concert in the evening. That’s Van-tertainment.

£3,000 booty for street musicians

The buskers who strut their stuff on the streets of Northern Ireland are getting the chance to make really sweet music in Banbridge.

The local council has a £3,000 prize pot on offer for the winners of the town’s busking festival which is running on Saturday, June 21.

Hundreds of solo singers and bands have already signed up to take part in the BuskFest which has awards for junior musicians as well as more seasoned ones.

The overall winner also gets the chance to perform live at the Sunflowerfest musical festival in Hillsborough in August.

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