Content feed Comments Feed

Sophie Ellis-Bextor tried to compose herself, but it was difficult. UNESCO World Heritage Sites always made her emotional. She needed a quiet corner where she could sit down and drink in Macchu Picchu’s splendour in solitude.

She identified a spot and laid down a tartan rug so that she wouldn’t have to sit in the dirt. Its pattern reminded her of all the other times that she’d sat quietly at UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the flood of emotion tipped her over the edge.

As the tears rolled down her face, a man approached. It was Martin Rossiter from Nineties indie band, Gene.

“Are you okay?” asked Rossiter.

“I’m fine, Martin Rossiter from Gene,” answered Ellis-Bextor. “It’s just that sometimes I find myself overcome with emotion at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They’re so breathtaking.”

“Yes, they are,” said Rossiter. “But I must say, you seem particularly affected. Are you sure that’s all it is?”

“Yes, Martin Rossiter from Gene,” said Ellis-Bextor. “There are no other problems. No other problems whatsoever. Certainly no problems of a personal nature.”

Rossiter regarded her suspiciously. “I must say that’s an odd thing to say,” he said. “I don’t know why you would volunteer that information unless there actually were something wrong.”

“No, no. I’m quite all right,” said Ellis-Bextor, suddenly defensive.

“Are you sure?” said Rossiter.

Ellis-Bextor glanced from side to side furtively. “Well, there is one thing, Martin Rossiter from Gene. But I don’t really know if I should say.”

Rossiter scrutinised the popstrel’s facial expression and immediately felt concerned. “I think you should say. If you’re in some sort of trouble, I definitely think it would be best to say something.”

Ellis-Bextor’s breathing noticeably quickened. “I don’t know, I don’t know,” she stammered. “You don’t know what he’s like. You don’t know what he’ll make me do.”

“What?” said Rossiter, alarmed. “Who are you talking about?”

“It’s nothing. Oh God. I shouldn’t have said anything. Oh God.”

At that moment, a man dressed in stockings and a jerkin emerged from behind a high dry-stone wall. Running a finger inside his sheer linen collar, he looked down his nose at Rossiter and addressed him directly: “Who the fuck are you?” said the man.

Rossiter got as far as mouthing the first syllable of his name, but William Shakespeare interrupted him angrily: “Fuck off,” he screamed, raising his fist and advancing.

Martin Rossiter from Gene took the sensible option and fled.

Get each week's story sent straight to your inbox - subscribe to the Weak Holidays email
Posted by Alex On June - 28 - 2011

5 Responses to “A day at Macchu Picchu”

  1. Ken from accounts says:

    Martin Rossiter from Gene passed me going the other way when I climbed towards Macchu Picchu. He looked upset.

    Fond of kicking a man when he’s down, I told him how I felt ‘Fighting Fit’ was derivative.

  2. Bonobo the Clown says:

    I saw Martin Rossiter from Gene descending from Macchu Picchu, crying and murmuring “Fighting Fit was before its time.”

    I wondered why. I presumed he always did that.

  3. John says:

    Why not Leonard Rossiter eh?

  4. Alex says:

    Why not indeed.

    If he had been rhythm guitarist in Cast, he’d have stood a better chance of making an appearance.

  5. Kevin Miles says:

    If anyone can get a message to Martin, would you tell him to call me on 0773664232 or email me

    Salad are reforming and have asked us to support!

    Time to dust off the bass


Leave a Reply

About Us

A man who has no interest in writing about Toadfish Rebecchi, largely because his surname is annoying to spell.