"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there..."DID THIS ADVERT make me gay?
This Halifax advert is one of those strong childhood memories. I can remember, quite clearly, being thrilled every time it came on telly. I so wanted to be that guy, with his huge bed and cool apartment, doing his own thing.
It was a fantasy of how I'd like my life to be, and even though I didn't realise it at the time, it was a vision of a gay future without the wife and kids. In the cold light of adulthood, the dude looks like a bit of a twat really. His apartment's a mess and there's a noisy train thundering past the window (maybe that's why he's got Lionel Richie turned up full blast). He's probably a City boy too.
And he's got a cat.