I gave 50p to a chap in the street earlier this afternoon, who followed me into the Co-op in order to spend it, and, once there, asked me whether I was a relative of Hurricane Higgins, who is, or was, I think, a snooker player. I’ve never contemplated any possible physical resemblance between the two of us, and I’m not sure anyone else has, either.

But “who else does Chris look like?” threatens to become a new year meme. A friend sent me this image, just the other day, claiming to detect a “somewhat striking” resemblance. It’s Thomas Burke’s painting, “The Student”, and it hangs in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

A couple of recent likenesses are below the fold, for people who want to engage in scientific comparisons.

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