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Comedian Cleo Rocos tells of love for Scotland and 'legend' Billy Connolly

Comedian Cleo Rocos tells of love for Scotland and 'legend' Billy Connolly

Stunning Cleo Rocos, 57, became close friends with the Big Yin after he became a regular guest on The Kenny Everett Television Show and told how one scene took [...]

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Letters: Will the real Billy Connolly please stand up?

Letters: Will the real Billy Connolly please stand up?

AS a founder-member of the Billy Connolly Appreciation Society (founded 1968 in The Saracen Head pub in the Gallowgate), I write to alert fellow…

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Rickshaws and Mercedes-Benz: A history of the popemobile - Catholic Herald

Billy Connolly tells the story of two Celtic football fans who drink two pints of crème de menthe each, as they were told it was the Pope’s drink of choice. …

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Billy Connolly says his sick sense of humour helps him fight Parkinson's

Billy Connolly says his sick sense of humour helps him fight Parkinson's

The comic, who stopped performing live six years ago due to the condition, says he hasn’t given up on a cure being found.

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Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Labour and what he really thinks about independence

Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Labour and what he really thinks about independence

BILLY Connolly may have had his run-ins with Scottish nationalism down the years, but it is Scottish Labour that bears the brunt of the Big Yin’s…

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Billy Connolly: Scourge of sectarianism in Scotland is being kept alive by social media

Sir Billy Connolly claims the scourge of sectarianism in Scotland is being kept “alive” in Scotland by social media amplifying the views of fanatics – as he co [...]

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Billy Connolly reveals his 'deep embarrassment' about sex as a teenager

Sir Billy Connolly has opened up on how his taboo-busting routines about sex were inspired by his own “deep embarrassment” about his lack of knowledge as a tee [...]

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Billy Connolly reveals how he became addicted to creating "weird" stage costumes which helped shoot him to fame

Sir Billy Connolly has revealed how he became addicted to creating the “weird” on-stage costumes which helped shoot him to fame in the 1970s - after deciding h [...]

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'Getting belted at school inspired my stand-up' Billy Connolly admits

'Getting belted at school inspired my stand-up' Billy Connolly admits

The 77-year-old said classroom confrontations between “the big boss and the wee man” provided him with much of his stage material

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Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy Connolly TV series

Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy Connolly TV series

IT could have been a warm welcome home for a conquering comedy hero when Billy Connolly appeared before an audience of Scottish school children at…

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Scots couple pen brilliant lockdown life song inspired by Billy Connolly

Scots couple pen brilliant lockdown life song inspired by Billy Connolly

Martin Borland and finance Kirsty Chalmers, who have both been put on furlough leave, were discussing the Big Yin's hit Divorce when inspiration struck.

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Foul-mouthed BBC show to look at ways Billy Connolly changed how Scots swear

Foul-mouthed BBC show to look at ways Billy Connolly changed how Scots swear

Social taboos around bad language are explored in a fascinating new BBC documentary about swearing’s place in Scottish society as director John MacLaverty give [...]

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AFTER Sean Connery, funnyman Billy Connolly is possibly the most famous living S

AFTER Sean Connery, funnyman Billy Connolly is possibly the most famous living Scotsman. Born and bred in Glasgow, Billy - known as The Big Yin - started out a [...]

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Glasgow Beer Works to launch incredible new beer garden in city centre

Glasgow Beer Works to launch incredible new beer garden in city centre

Billy Connolly mural to provide backdrop for city's 'most Glaswegian beer garden'.

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Anthony Cazalet, Author at Catholic Herald

Billy Connolly tells the story of two Celtic football fans who drink two pints of crème de menthe each, as

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Billy Connolly: The best way to deal with a fear of death is to 'laugh in its face'

Sir Billy Connolly has told how he has coped with a fear of illness and death by “laughing in its face” and described comedy as a release from “terror” that is [...]

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Australian prime minister apologises for ‘no slavery’ claimAustralia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice.  PM Scott Morrison had defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney.  Mr Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time”, and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this”.  READ MORE: Robert the Bruce statue vandalised with graffiti claiming he was a 'racist king'  “While slave ships continued to travel around the world, when Australia was established… it was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” he told Sydney Radio 2BG.  But he made a rare apology on Friday after critics pointed out that tens of thousands of South Pacific islanders were forced to labour on Australian sugar cane plantations in the 19th century and Australian indigenous people were forced to work for wages that were never paid.  “My comments were not intended to cause offence and if I did, I deeply regret that and apologise for that,” Mr Morrison said on Friday, adding that slavery was not lawful in the original Sydney colony.  While he was seeking public restraint in re-evaluating historical figures in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Western Australia state government announced it will rename the King Leopold Ranges in Australia’s north west.  State lands minister Ben Wyatt, an indigenous Australian, described the Belgian as an “evil tyrant” who should not be honoured.  The announcement came after a statue of the monarch, who forced many people into slavery in Congo, was defaced and removed from the Belgian city of Antwerp.  READ MORE: Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Scottish Labour and what he really thinks about independence  Mr Morrison’s denial of Australian slavery came as a second blow to many indigenous Australians after he expressed gratitude following Mr Floyd’s death that Australia did not share the US problem of police violence against the black population.  Aborigines account for 2 of Australia’s adult population and 27 of its prison population, with more than 340 indigenous Australians dying in police or prison custody in the past three decades.  A statue of Cook in a Sydney park was a focus of anti-racism protesters in Sydney on Friday.  A cottage built by Cook’s parents in England in 1755 that was moved to the Australian city of Melbourne in the 1930s has also been targeted by activist vandals.

Australian prime minister apologises for ‘no slavery’ claimAustralia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice. PM Scott Morrison had defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney. Mr Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time”, and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this”. READ MORE: Robert the Bruce statue vandalised with graffiti claiming he was a 'racist king' “While slave ships continued to travel around the world, when Australia was established… it was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” he told Sydney Radio 2BG. But he made a rare apology on Friday after critics pointed out that tens of thousands of South Pacific islanders were forced to labour on Australian sugar cane plantations in the 19th century and Australian indigenous people were forced to work for wages that were never paid. “My comments were not intended to cause offence and if I did, I deeply regret that and apologise for that,” Mr Morrison said on Friday, adding that slavery was not lawful in the original Sydney colony. While he was seeking public restraint in re-evaluating historical figures in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Western Australia state government announced it will rename the King Leopold Ranges in Australia’s north west. State lands minister Ben Wyatt, an indigenous Australian, described the Belgian as an “evil tyrant” who should not be honoured. The announcement came after a statue of the monarch, who forced many people into slavery in Congo, was defaced and removed from the Belgian city of Antwerp. READ MORE: Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Scottish Labour and what he really thinks about independence Mr Morrison’s denial of Australian slavery came as a second blow to many indigenous Australians after he expressed gratitude following Mr Floyd’s death that Australia did not share the US problem of police violence against the black population. Aborigines account for 2 of Australia’s adult population and 27 of its prison population, with more than 340 indigenous Australians dying in police or prison custody in the past three decades. A statue of Cook in a Sydney park was a focus of anti-racism protesters in Sydney on Friday. A cottage built by Cook’s parents in England in 1755 that was moved to the Australian city of Melbourne in the 1930s has also been targeted by activist vandals.

Australia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government…

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Billy Connolly on IndyRef2 and why he 'hates all that tartan b******s'

Billy Connolly on IndyRef2 and why he 'hates all that tartan b******s'

The Big Yin has opposed Scottish independence in the past but now says a Scottish republic is a good idea.

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Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise over routine that caused furore

Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise over routine that caused furore

HALF a century on from being denounced in the pulpits and pilloried for being a “blasphemous buffoon”, Billy Connolly remains unrepentant over…

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Billy Connolly says sexual exploits as young man were 'clumsy and embarrassing'

Billy Connolly says sexual exploits as young man were 'clumsy and embarrassing'

The Big Yin says his early sex education was limited to what was written on toilet walls and asking his fellow shipyard workers where babies came from.

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Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard workmates branded him 'gay' due to outfits

Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard workmates branded him 'gay' due to outfits

The Big Yin says he stood out like a sore thumb in the tough shipyards of Glasgow but he owes his success in life to his tough-talking former colleagues

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Big Yin: I just did what I thought was funny

Big Yin: I just did what I thought was funny

Billy Connolly makes the revelation in a new BBC Scotland documentary Billy and US which will air for the first time tonight. 

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Billy Connolly reveals how classroom beatings inspired a career in comedy

Sir Billy Connolly has revealed how being brutally beaten at school by his teachers set him on the way to become an entertainer for the rest of his life.

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Screen Shot: The life of Sir Billy Connolly celebrated in new BBC Scotland series

Screen Shot: The life of Sir Billy Connolly celebrated in new BBC Scotland series

A new six-part BBC Scotland series, Billy and Us, charts and celebrates the life of comedian Sir Billy Connolly. Picture: Robert Pereira Hind/BBC... The Big Yi [...]

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Billy Connolly talks of childhood 'hell' in Glasgow area now a hipster paradise

Billy Connolly talks of childhood 'hell' in Glasgow area now a hipster paradise

Billy has said he thinks it is 'strange but nice' that the formerly rundown Anderston area has been transformed into one of the city's swankiest postcodes.

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Billy Connolly reveals which actor he wants to play him in biopic after Parkinson's update

Billy Connolly reveals which actor he wants to play him in biopic after Parkinson's update

BILLY CONNOLLY has revealed which actor he would like to play him in a movie about his life after making a sad announcement about his Parkinson's disease.

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Opinion: Brian Beacom: Is it wrong to be bashing the Big Yin for going soft?

Opinion: Brian Beacom: Is it wrong to be bashing the Big Yin for going soft?

YOU have to laugh at the claim Sir Billy Connolly has gone all soft and his brain sanitised by BBC Scotland. “Our Big Yin is being used (yes, by…

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Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line for the Connolly documentary treatment?

Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line for the Connolly documentary treatment?

IT was in six parts but had just one subject – Billy Connolly – and most of the material had been seen before. Compared to the big budget…

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Billy Connolly: An independent Scotland ‘as good an idea as any I’ve ever heard’

Sir Billy Connolly has thrown his weight behind the cause of Scottish independence - insisting the prospect of the country becoming a republic is “as good an i [...]

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Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Stephenson diagnosed his PSTD

Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Stephenson diagnosed his PSTD

EXCLUSIVE: Davie Penman’s condition was spotted by the comedian turned psychologist, who is married to comic Billy Connolly, after she quizzed him about his pa [...]

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Billy Connolly won't apologise for controversial routine pocking fun at religion

Billy Connolly won't apologise for controversial routine pocking fun at religion

The Big Yin’s legendary Crucifixion sketch established him as a taboo-busting, ground-breaking comedian

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TV review: Shipyards, leotards, and Billy Connolly’s best one-liner

TV review: Shipyards, leotards, and Billy Connolly’s best one-liner

ONE can imagine the pitch for A Very British Hotel: Inside Best Western (Channel 4, Tuesday). The setting is Channel 4 HQ. Around a table sit the…

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Review: Billy Connolly on the ‘darkness and joy’ of his childhood

Like a square sausage, Billy Connolly was being lightly grilled. He was being asked awkward questions, something which he conceded often happened when he retur [...]

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Letters: Swots to the back, plebs to the front

Letters: Swots to the back, plebs to the front

I THINK Sir Billy Connolly’s memory might be at fault when he says that the brightest children were positioned at the front of the room, nearest…

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The night Billy Connolly walked into BBC ambush

The night Billy Connolly walked into BBC ambush

Sir Billy Connolly appeared before an audience of 80 pupils in the BBC show Open to Question... Clips show the 80-strong audience of teenagers bombarding Conno [...]

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Billy Connolly takes massive earnings drop since retiring from stand-up comedy

Billy Connolly takes massive earnings drop since retiring from stand-up comedy

Accounts for the Big Yin's Rambling Man company show the legendary comic still has more than £2.3m in the bank.

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30 funny Scottish jokes: the most hilarious one-liners, puns and gags about Scotland

From Frankie Boyle to Billy Connolly, Scotland isn’t short of comic jokesmiths – here are thirty funny jokes about Scotland by Scots

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Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor he'd want to play him in movie biopic

Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor he'd want to play him in movie biopic

The Big Yin was asked who he'd like to play him and chart his journey from a young welder on the Glasgow shipyards to world renowned comedian.

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Comedian Cleo Rocos tells of love for Scotland and 'legend' Billy Connolly

Comedian Cleo Rocos tells of love for Scotland and 'legend' Billy Connolly

Stunning Cleo Rocos, 57, became close friends with the Big Yin after he became a regular guest on The Kenny Everett Television Show and told how one scene took [...]

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Opinion: Brian Beacom: Is it wrong to be bashing the Big Yin for going soft?

Opinion: Brian Beacom: Is it wrong to be bashing the Big Yin for going soft?

YOU have to laugh at the claim Sir Billy Connolly has gone all soft and his brain sanitised by BBC Scotland. “Our Big Yin is being used (yes, by…

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Anthony Cazalet, Author at Catholic Herald

Billy Connolly tells the story of two Celtic football fans who drink two pints of crème de menthe each, as

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Rickshaws and Mercedes-Benz: A history of the popemobile - Catholic Herald

Billy Connolly tells the story of two Celtic football fans who drink two pints of crème de menthe each, as they were told it was the Pope’s drink of choice. …

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Australian prime minister apologises for ‘no slavery’ claimAustralia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice.  PM Scott Morrison had defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney.  Mr Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time”, and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this”.  READ MORE: Robert the Bruce statue vandalised with graffiti claiming he was a 'racist king'  “While slave ships continued to travel around the world, when Australia was established… it was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” he told Sydney Radio 2BG.  But he made a rare apology on Friday after critics pointed out that tens of thousands of South Pacific islanders were forced to labour on Australian sugar cane plantations in the 19th century and Australian indigenous people were forced to work for wages that were never paid.  “My comments were not intended to cause offence and if I did, I deeply regret that and apologise for that,” Mr Morrison said on Friday, adding that slavery was not lawful in the original Sydney colony.  While he was seeking public restraint in re-evaluating historical figures in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Western Australia state government announced it will rename the King Leopold Ranges in Australia’s north west.  State lands minister Ben Wyatt, an indigenous Australian, described the Belgian as an “evil tyrant” who should not be honoured.  The announcement came after a statue of the monarch, who forced many people into slavery in Congo, was defaced and removed from the Belgian city of Antwerp.  READ MORE: Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Scottish Labour and what he really thinks about independence  Mr Morrison’s denial of Australian slavery came as a second blow to many indigenous Australians after he expressed gratitude following Mr Floyd’s death that Australia did not share the US problem of police violence against the black population.  Aborigines account for 2 of Australia’s adult population and 27 of its prison population, with more than 340 indigenous Australians dying in police or prison custody in the past three decades.  A statue of Cook in a Sydney park was a focus of anti-racism protesters in Sydney on Friday.  A cottage built by Cook’s parents in England in 1755 that was moved to the Australian city of Melbourne in the 1930s has also been targeted by activist vandals.

Australian prime minister apologises for ‘no slavery’ claimAustralia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice. PM Scott Morrison had defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney. Mr Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time”, and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this”. READ MORE: Robert the Bruce statue vandalised with graffiti claiming he was a 'racist king' “While slave ships continued to travel around the world, when Australia was established… it was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” he told Sydney Radio 2BG. But he made a rare apology on Friday after critics pointed out that tens of thousands of South Pacific islanders were forced to labour on Australian sugar cane plantations in the 19th century and Australian indigenous people were forced to work for wages that were never paid. “My comments were not intended to cause offence and if I did, I deeply regret that and apologise for that,” Mr Morrison said on Friday, adding that slavery was not lawful in the original Sydney colony. While he was seeking public restraint in re-evaluating historical figures in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Western Australia state government announced it will rename the King Leopold Ranges in Australia’s north west. State lands minister Ben Wyatt, an indigenous Australian, described the Belgian as an “evil tyrant” who should not be honoured. The announcement came after a statue of the monarch, who forced many people into slavery in Congo, was defaced and removed from the Belgian city of Antwerp. READ MORE: Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Scottish Labour and what he really thinks about independence Mr Morrison’s denial of Australian slavery came as a second blow to many indigenous Australians after he expressed gratitude following Mr Floyd’s death that Australia did not share the US problem of police violence against the black population. Aborigines account for 2 of Australia’s adult population and 27 of its prison population, with more than 340 indigenous Australians dying in police or prison custody in the past three decades. A statue of Cook in a Sydney park was a focus of anti-racism protesters in Sydney on Friday. A cottage built by Cook’s parents in England in 1755 that was moved to the Australian city of Melbourne in the 1930s has also been targeted by activist vandals.

Australia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government…

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Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Labour and what he really thinks about independence

Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Labour and what he really thinks about independence

BILLY Connolly may have had his run-ins with Scottish nationalism down the years, but it is Scottish Labour that bears the brunt of the Big Yin’s…

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Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Stephenson diagnosed his PSTD

Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Stephenson diagnosed his PSTD

EXCLUSIVE: Davie Penman’s condition was spotted by the comedian turned psychologist, who is married to comic Billy Connolly, after she quizzed him about his pa [...]

Read full article: Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Step...→
Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise over routine that caused furore

Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise over routine that caused furore

HALF a century on from being denounced in the pulpits and pilloried for being a “blasphemous buffoon”, Billy Connolly remains unrepentant over…

Read full article: Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise...→
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Billy Connolly reveals his 'deep embarrassment' about sex as a teenager

Sir Billy Connolly has opened up on how his taboo-busting routines about sex were inspired by his own “deep embarrassment” about his lack of knowledge as a tee [...]

Read full article: Billy Connolly reveals his 'deep embarra...→
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TV review: Shipyards, leotards, and Billy Connolly’s best one-liner

TV review: Shipyards, leotards, and Billy Connolly’s best one-liner

ONE can imagine the pitch for A Very British Hotel: Inside Best Western (Channel 4, Tuesday). The setting is Channel 4 HQ. Around a table sit the…

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Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard workmates branded him 'gay' due to outfits

Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard workmates branded him 'gay' due to outfits

The Big Yin says he stood out like a sore thumb in the tough shipyards of Glasgow but he owes his success in life to his tough-talking former colleagues

Read full article: Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard wor...→
Letters: Swots to the back, plebs to the front

Letters: Swots to the back, plebs to the front

I THINK Sir Billy Connolly’s memory might be at fault when he says that the brightest children were positioned at the front of the room, nearest…

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Billy Connolly reveals how classroom beatings inspired a career in comedy

Sir Billy Connolly has revealed how being brutally beaten at school by his teachers set him on the way to become an entertainer for the rest of his life.

Read full article: Billy Connolly reveals how classroom bea...→
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Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy Connolly TV series

Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy Connolly TV series

IT could have been a warm welcome home for a conquering comedy hero when Billy Connolly appeared before an audience of Scottish school children at…

Read full article: Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy ...→
Billy Connolly takes massive earnings drop since retiring from stand-up comedy

Billy Connolly takes massive earnings drop since retiring from stand-up comedy

Accounts for the Big Yin's Rambling Man company show the legendary comic still has more than £2.3m in the bank.

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Billy Connolly talks of childhood 'hell' in Glasgow area now a hipster paradise

Billy Connolly talks of childhood 'hell' in Glasgow area now a hipster paradise

Billy has said he thinks it is 'strange but nice' that the formerly rundown Anderston area has been transformed into one of the city's swankiest postcodes.

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Foul-mouthed BBC show to look at ways Billy Connolly changed how Scots swear

Foul-mouthed BBC show to look at ways Billy Connolly changed how Scots swear

Social taboos around bad language are explored in a fascinating new BBC documentary about swearing’s place in Scottish society as director John MacLaverty give [...]

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Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor he'd want to play him in movie biopic

Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor he'd want to play him in movie biopic

The Big Yin was asked who he'd like to play him and chart his journey from a young welder on the Glasgow shipyards to world renowned comedian.

Read full article: Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor...→
Glasgow Beer Works to launch incredible new beer garden in city centre

Glasgow Beer Works to launch incredible new beer garden in city centre

Billy Connolly mural to provide backdrop for city's 'most Glaswegian beer garden'.

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Letters: Will the real Billy Connolly please stand up?

Letters: Will the real Billy Connolly please stand up?

AS a founder-member of the Billy Connolly Appreciation Society (founded 1968 in The Saracen Head pub in the Gallowgate), I write to alert fellow…

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Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line for the Connolly documentary treatment?

Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line for the Connolly documentary treatment?

IT was in six parts but had just one subject – Billy Connolly – and most of the material had been seen before. Compared to the big budget…

Read full article: Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line f...→

Billy Connolly: The best way to deal with a fear of death is to 'laugh in its face'

Sir Billy Connolly has told how he has coped with a fear of illness and death by “laughing in its face” and described comedy as a release from “terror” that is [...]

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Billy Connolly says his sick sense of humour helps him fight Parkinson's

Billy Connolly says his sick sense of humour helps him fight Parkinson's

The comic, who stopped performing live six years ago due to the condition, says he hasn’t given up on a cure being found.

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Billy Connolly: An independent Scotland ‘as good an idea as any I’ve ever heard’

Sir Billy Connolly has thrown his weight behind the cause of Scottish independence - insisting the prospect of the country becoming a republic is “as good an i [...]

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Billy Connolly on IndyRef2 and why he 'hates all that tartan b******s'

Billy Connolly on IndyRef2 and why he 'hates all that tartan b******s'

The Big Yin has opposed Scottish independence in the past but now says a Scottish republic is a good idea.

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Billy Connolly: Scourge of sectarianism in Scotland is being kept alive by social media

Sir Billy Connolly claims the scourge of sectarianism in Scotland is being kept “alive” in Scotland by social media amplifying the views of fanatics – as he co [...]

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Billy Connolly won't apologise for controversial routine pocking fun at religion

Billy Connolly won't apologise for controversial routine pocking fun at religion

The Big Yin’s legendary Crucifixion sketch established him as a taboo-busting, ground-breaking comedian

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Billy Connolly says sexual exploits as young man were 'clumsy and embarrassing'

Billy Connolly says sexual exploits as young man were 'clumsy and embarrassing'

The Big Yin says his early sex education was limited to what was written on toilet walls and asking his fellow shipyard workers where babies came from.

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Billy Connolly reveals how he became addicted to creating "weird" stage costumes which helped shoot him to fame

Sir Billy Connolly has revealed how he became addicted to creating the “weird” on-stage costumes which helped shoot him to fame in the 1970s - after deciding h [...]

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Review: Billy Connolly on the ‘darkness and joy’ of his childhood

Like a square sausage, Billy Connolly was being lightly grilled. He was being asked awkward questions, something which he conceded often happened when he retur [...]

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Big Yin: I just did what I thought was funny

Big Yin: I just did what I thought was funny

Billy Connolly makes the revelation in a new BBC Scotland documentary Billy and US which will air for the first time tonight. 

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'Getting belted at school inspired my stand-up' Billy Connolly admits

'Getting belted at school inspired my stand-up' Billy Connolly admits

The 77-year-old said classroom confrontations between “the big boss and the wee man” provided him with much of his stage material

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The night Billy Connolly walked into BBC ambush

The night Billy Connolly walked into BBC ambush

Sir Billy Connolly appeared before an audience of 80 pupils in the BBC show Open to Question... Clips show the 80-strong audience of teenagers bombarding Conno [...]

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Screen Shot: The life of Sir Billy Connolly celebrated in new BBC Scotland series

Screen Shot: The life of Sir Billy Connolly celebrated in new BBC Scotland series

A new six-part BBC Scotland series, Billy and Us, charts and celebrates the life of comedian Sir Billy Connolly. Picture: Robert Pereira Hind/BBC... The Big Yi [...]

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Scots couple pen brilliant lockdown life song inspired by Billy Connolly

Scots couple pen brilliant lockdown life song inspired by Billy Connolly

Martin Borland and finance Kirsty Chalmers, who have both been put on furlough leave, were discussing the Big Yin's hit Divorce when inspiration struck.

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30 funny Scottish jokes: the most hilarious one-liners, puns and gags about Scotland

From Frankie Boyle to Billy Connolly, Scotland isn’t short of comic jokesmiths – here are thirty funny jokes about Scotland by Scots

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Billy Connolly reveals which actor he wants to play him in biopic after Parkinson's update

Billy Connolly reveals which actor he wants to play him in biopic after Parkinson's update

BILLY CONNOLLY has revealed which actor he would like to play him in a movie about his life after making a sad announcement about his Parkinson's disease.

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AFTER Sean Connery, funnyman Billy Connolly is possibly the most famous living Scotsman. Born and bred in Glasgow, Billy - known as The Big Yin - started out a [...]

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Comedian Cleo Rocos tells of love for Scotland and 'legend' Billy Connolly

Comedian Cleo Rocos tells of love for Scotland and 'legend' Billy Connolly

Stunning Cleo Rocos, 57, became close friends with the Big Yin after he became a regular guest on The Kenny Everett Television Show and told how one scene took [...]

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Glasgow Beer Works to launch incredible new beer garden in city centre

Glasgow Beer Works to launch incredible new beer garden in city centre

Billy Connolly mural to provide backdrop for city's 'most Glaswegian beer garden'.

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Opinion: Brian Beacom: Is it wrong to be bashing the Big Yin for going soft?

Opinion: Brian Beacom: Is it wrong to be bashing the Big Yin for going soft?

YOU have to laugh at the claim Sir Billy Connolly has gone all soft and his brain sanitised by BBC Scotland. “Our Big Yin is being used (yes, by…

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Letters: Will the real Billy Connolly please stand up?

Letters: Will the real Billy Connolly please stand up?

AS a founder-member of the Billy Connolly Appreciation Society (founded 1968 in The Saracen Head pub in the Gallowgate), I write to alert fellow…

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Anthony Cazalet, Author at Catholic Herald

Billy Connolly tells the story of two Celtic football fans who drink two pints of crème de menthe each, as

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Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line for the Connolly documentary treatment?

Should Nicola Sturgeon be next in line for the Connolly documentary treatment?

IT was in six parts but had just one subject – Billy Connolly – and most of the material had been seen before. Compared to the big budget…

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Rickshaws and Mercedes-Benz: A history of the popemobile - Catholic Herald

Billy Connolly tells the story of two Celtic football fans who drink two pints of crème de menthe each, as they were told it was the Pope’s drink of choice. …

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Billy Connolly: The best way to deal with a fear of death is to 'laugh in its face'

Sir Billy Connolly has told how he has coped with a fear of illness and death by “laughing in its face” and described comedy as a release from “terror” that is [...]

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Billy Connolly says his sick sense of humour helps him fight Parkinson's

Billy Connolly says his sick sense of humour helps him fight Parkinson's

The comic, who stopped performing live six years ago due to the condition, says he hasn’t given up on a cure being found.

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Australian prime minister apologises for ‘no slavery’ claimAustralia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice.  PM Scott Morrison had defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney.  Mr Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time”, and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this”.  READ MORE: Robert the Bruce statue vandalised with graffiti claiming he was a 'racist king'  “While slave ships continued to travel around the world, when Australia was established… it was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” he told Sydney Radio 2BG.  But he made a rare apology on Friday after critics pointed out that tens of thousands of South Pacific islanders were forced to labour on Australian sugar cane plantations in the 19th century and Australian indigenous people were forced to work for wages that were never paid.  “My comments were not intended to cause offence and if I did, I deeply regret that and apologise for that,” Mr Morrison said on Friday, adding that slavery was not lawful in the original Sydney colony.  While he was seeking public restraint in re-evaluating historical figures in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Western Australia state government announced it will rename the King Leopold Ranges in Australia’s north west.  State lands minister Ben Wyatt, an indigenous Australian, described the Belgian as an “evil tyrant” who should not be honoured.  The announcement came after a statue of the monarch, who forced many people into slavery in Congo, was defaced and removed from the Belgian city of Antwerp.  READ MORE: Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Scottish Labour and what he really thinks about independence  Mr Morrison’s denial of Australian slavery came as a second blow to many indigenous Australians after he expressed gratitude following Mr Floyd’s death that Australia did not share the US problem of police violence against the black population.  Aborigines account for 2 of Australia’s adult population and 27 of its prison population, with more than 340 indigenous Australians dying in police or prison custody in the past three decades.  A statue of Cook in a Sydney park was a focus of anti-racism protesters in Sydney on Friday.  A cottage built by Cook’s parents in England in 1755 that was moved to the Australian city of Melbourne in the 1930s has also been targeted by activist vandals.

Australian prime minister apologises for ‘no slavery’ claimAustralia’s prime minister has apologised to critics who accused him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice. PM Scott Morrison had defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney. Mr Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time”, and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this”. READ MORE: Robert the Bruce statue vandalised with graffiti claiming he was a 'racist king' “While slave ships continued to travel around the world, when Australia was established… it was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” he told Sydney Radio 2BG. But he made a rare apology on Friday after critics pointed out that tens of thousands of South Pacific islanders were forced to labour on Australian sugar cane plantations in the 19th century and Australian indigenous people were forced to work for wages that were never paid. “My comments were not intended to cause offence and if I did, I deeply regret that and apologise for that,” Mr Morrison said on Friday, adding that slavery was not lawful in the original Sydney colony. While he was seeking public restraint in re-evaluating historical figures in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Western Australia state government announced it will rename the King Leopold Ranges in Australia’s north west. State lands minister Ben Wyatt, an indigenous Australian, described the Belgian as an “evil tyrant” who should not be honoured. The announcement came after a statue of the monarch, who forced many people into slavery in Congo, was defaced and removed from the Belgian city of Antwerp. READ MORE: Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Scottish Labour and what he really thinks about independence Mr Morrison’s denial of Australian slavery came as a second blow to many indigenous Australians after he expressed gratitude following Mr Floyd’s death that Australia did not share the US problem of police violence against the black population. Aborigines account for 2 of Australia’s adult population and 27 of its prison population, with more than 340 indigenous Australians dying in police or prison custody in the past three decades. A statue of Cook in a Sydney park was a focus of anti-racism protesters in Sydney on Friday. A cottage built by Cook’s parents in England in 1755 that was moved to the Australian city of Melbourne in the 1930s has also been targeted by activist vandals.

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Billy Connolly: An independent Scotland ‘as good an idea as any I’ve ever heard’

Sir Billy Connolly has thrown his weight behind the cause of Scottish independence - insisting the prospect of the country becoming a republic is “as good an i [...]

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Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Labour and what he really thinks about independence

Billy Connolly on 'pathetic' Labour and what he really thinks about independence

BILLY Connolly may have had his run-ins with Scottish nationalism down the years, but it is Scottish Labour that bears the brunt of the Big Yin’s…

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Billy Connolly on IndyRef2 and why he 'hates all that tartan b******s'

Billy Connolly on IndyRef2 and why he 'hates all that tartan b******s'

The Big Yin has opposed Scottish independence in the past but now says a Scottish republic is a good idea.

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Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Stephenson diagnosed his PSTD

Hero SAS soldier reveals how Pamela Stephenson diagnosed his PSTD

EXCLUSIVE: Davie Penman’s condition was spotted by the comedian turned psychologist, who is married to comic Billy Connolly, after she quizzed him about his pa [...]

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Billy Connolly: Scourge of sectarianism in Scotland is being kept alive by social media

Sir Billy Connolly claims the scourge of sectarianism in Scotland is being kept “alive” in Scotland by social media amplifying the views of fanatics – as he co [...]

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Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise over routine that caused furore

Billy Connolly: Why I'll never apologise over routine that caused furore

HALF a century on from being denounced in the pulpits and pilloried for being a “blasphemous buffoon”, Billy Connolly remains unrepentant over…

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Billy Connolly won't apologise for controversial routine pocking fun at religion

Billy Connolly won't apologise for controversial routine pocking fun at religion

The Big Yin’s legendary Crucifixion sketch established him as a taboo-busting, ground-breaking comedian

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Billy Connolly reveals his 'deep embarrassment' about sex as a teenager

Sir Billy Connolly has opened up on how his taboo-busting routines about sex were inspired by his own “deep embarrassment” about his lack of knowledge as a tee [...]

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Billy Connolly says sexual exploits as young man were 'clumsy and embarrassing'

Billy Connolly says sexual exploits as young man were 'clumsy and embarrassing'

The Big Yin says his early sex education was limited to what was written on toilet walls and asking his fellow shipyard workers where babies came from.

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TV review: Shipyards, leotards, and Billy Connolly’s best one-liner

TV review: Shipyards, leotards, and Billy Connolly’s best one-liner

ONE can imagine the pitch for A Very British Hotel: Inside Best Western (Channel 4, Tuesday). The setting is Channel 4 HQ. Around a table sit the…

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Billy Connolly reveals how he became addicted to creating "weird" stage costumes which helped shoot him to fame

Sir Billy Connolly has revealed how he became addicted to creating the “weird” on-stage costumes which helped shoot him to fame in the 1970s - after deciding h [...]

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Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard workmates branded him 'gay' due to outfits

Billy Connolly admits Govan shipyard workmates branded him 'gay' due to outfits

The Big Yin says he stood out like a sore thumb in the tough shipyards of Glasgow but he owes his success in life to his tough-talking former colleagues

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Review: Billy Connolly on the ‘darkness and joy’ of his childhood

Like a square sausage, Billy Connolly was being lightly grilled. He was being asked awkward questions, something which he conceded often happened when he retur [...]

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Big Yin: I just did what I thought was funny

Big Yin: I just did what I thought was funny

Billy Connolly makes the revelation in a new BBC Scotland documentary Billy and US which will air for the first time tonight. 

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Letters: Swots to the back, plebs to the front

Letters: Swots to the back, plebs to the front

I THINK Sir Billy Connolly’s memory might be at fault when he says that the brightest children were positioned at the front of the room, nearest…

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'Getting belted at school inspired my stand-up' Billy Connolly admits

'Getting belted at school inspired my stand-up' Billy Connolly admits

The 77-year-old said classroom confrontations between “the big boss and the wee man” provided him with much of his stage material

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Billy Connolly reveals how classroom beatings inspired a career in comedy

Sir Billy Connolly has revealed how being brutally beaten at school by his teachers set him on the way to become an entertainer for the rest of his life.

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The night Billy Connolly walked into BBC ambush

The night Billy Connolly walked into BBC ambush

Sir Billy Connolly appeared before an audience of 80 pupils in the BBC show Open to Question... Clips show the 80-strong audience of teenagers bombarding Conno [...]

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Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy Connolly TV series

Billy and Us: Alison Rowat on new Billy Connolly TV series

IT could have been a warm welcome home for a conquering comedy hero when Billy Connolly appeared before an audience of Scottish school children at…

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Screen Shot: The life of Sir Billy Connolly celebrated in new BBC Scotland series

Screen Shot: The life of Sir Billy Connolly celebrated in new BBC Scotland series

A new six-part BBC Scotland series, Billy and Us, charts and celebrates the life of comedian Sir Billy Connolly. Picture: Robert Pereira Hind/BBC... The Big Yi [...]

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Billy Connolly takes massive earnings drop since retiring from stand-up comedy

Billy Connolly takes massive earnings drop since retiring from stand-up comedy

Accounts for the Big Yin's Rambling Man company show the legendary comic still has more than £2.3m in the bank.

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Scots couple pen brilliant lockdown life song inspired by Billy Connolly

Scots couple pen brilliant lockdown life song inspired by Billy Connolly

Martin Borland and finance Kirsty Chalmers, who have both been put on furlough leave, were discussing the Big Yin's hit Divorce when inspiration struck.

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Billy Connolly talks of childhood 'hell' in Glasgow area now a hipster paradise

Billy Connolly talks of childhood 'hell' in Glasgow area now a hipster paradise

Billy has said he thinks it is 'strange but nice' that the formerly rundown Anderston area has been transformed into one of the city's swankiest postcodes.

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30 funny Scottish jokes: the most hilarious one-liners, puns and gags about Scotland

From Frankie Boyle to Billy Connolly, Scotland isn’t short of comic jokesmiths – here are thirty funny jokes about Scotland by Scots

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Foul-mouthed BBC show to look at ways Billy Connolly changed how Scots swear

Foul-mouthed BBC show to look at ways Billy Connolly changed how Scots swear

Social taboos around bad language are explored in a fascinating new BBC documentary about swearing’s place in Scottish society as director John MacLaverty give [...]

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Billy Connolly reveals which actor he wants to play him in biopic after Parkinson's update

Billy Connolly reveals which actor he wants to play him in biopic after Parkinson's update

BILLY CONNOLLY has revealed which actor he would like to play him in a movie about his life after making a sad announcement about his Parkinson's disease.

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Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor he'd want to play him in movie biopic

Billy Connolly reveals which Scots actor he'd want to play him in movie biopic

The Big Yin was asked who he'd like to play him and chart his journey from a young welder on the Glasgow shipyards to world renowned comedian.

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AFTER Sean Connery, funnyman Billy Connolly is possibly the most famous living S

AFTER Sean Connery, funnyman Billy Connolly is possibly the most famous living Scotsman. Born and bred in Glasgow, Billy - known as The Big Yin - started out a [...]

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