Gavin Hearn said it was just a normal Friday afternoon until a group of about 15 people, all dressed in an earnestly different sort of way, arrived at his workshop and asked if they could listen to him work on his lathe.
“A bit unusual but I couldn’t see the harm so I went over to the lathe, clamped a workpiece in the chuck, and got on with some machining. They just sat in silence, well apart from over-frequent coughing, until I was surprised by a smattering of polite applause after 16 minutes. I continued grinding away and the pattern repeated with trickles of clapping at 16 minute intervals.”
“After 64 minutes or so something got jammed and the lathe emitted a high pitched whine that sounded like it would go on forever so I turned it off and stopped. Immediately there were cries of ‘bravo’ and ‘the new Lou Reed’ and the group gave me a standing ovation.”
“I was a bit embarrassed to be compared to Lou Reed, who I can only assume is a crack metal worker from up North, so after the applause finished I just stood there in stunned silence.”
“I was standing there for like 4 minutes and 33 seconds when they stood up again applauding wildly while crying ‘genius’, and something about ‘John’s cage’.”