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Nick Clegg’s celebrity-free hair cut
Nick Clegg went to a London barbers at the height of Cleggmania, where he might have expected to attract a bit more attention than usual.
The Liberal Democrat leader’s success in the first televised election debate had put his face on the front of nearly every newspaper and at the top of every news bulletin.
But one of the hairdressers remained blissfully unaware of the celebrity status of the head in her hands, he told reporters flying with him on his campaign trail.
“The girl who was washing my hair, she says: ‘busy day, then?’
“‘Well, yeah, fairly busy.’
“‘Going back to the office, then?’
“‘Er, yeah, kind of.’
“‘Been working late?’
He could only agree, as she continued to rinse out his locks, proof that there was at least one part of the realm still untouched by Clegg’s sudden fame.