Music Legend Sings Praises of The Bahamas

Wednesday 08th, August 2012 / 08:23 Published by

Mike Oldfield

Music Legend Mike Oldfield

I have just asked the creator of the phenomenally successful 1973 album Tubular Bells if performing in front of worldwide audience of a billion people at the Olympics Opening Ceremony has tempted him to end his self-imposed exile and return to Britain.

The answer is ‘no’. It seems the Reading-born father of nine is blissfully happy on his little tax-free island in the Bahamas.

‘I don’t think I’ll ever go back to Britain — I can’t stand being cold,’ he says. ‘I’m very comfortable with the local people here. They’re so very genuine and friendly. They don’t seem to have an agenda.’

We’ll get on to what Oldfield thinks about Britain and its ‘agenda’ later, but for now he’s still basking in the glow of the ceremony, which is even warmer than the Bahamas sunshine.

After decades in the critical wilderness, however, Oldfield admits he was surprised to get the Olympics’ summons.

Having lived in the Bahamas for three years, Oldfield and his family — wife Fanny and sons Jake, eight, and Eugene, four — flew to London four weeks before the ceremony.

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