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Teenage Mutant Ninja Hurdles – How Martial Arts Have Taught Me Persistence Pays And Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Back in 1983, when I was 14, I started practising martial arts. Like many people who become martial artists, I started off with karate. Shotokan karate, to be precise. And like many people who start fight training, I became absolutely obsessed with it. Here is a photo of me taken at Christmas that year: Read More…

What’s The Word? – How To Avoid Urinating In A Frenchman’s Laundry Basket

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When I was a feckless teenager, whiling away sunny Saturday afternoons getting smashed in public parks, there were only three drinks available to me. Read More…

This Bicycle Is Not Constructed To Carry Passengers – Why I Am Extremely Grateful That Policemen Were Very Understanding Back In The 1980s

Despite the fact that nature has given me a somewhat thuggish physiognomy , I have never been arrested. Read More…

Why Don’t You Just F…-The Double Edged Sword Of The Internet And How To Blunt It

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When I was a little boy, back in the 1970s, there was a programme on the BBC during the summer holidays called “Why Don’t You..?” Here’s an example of an episode from 1973. Read More…

The Anatomy Of A Mid Life Crisis – Why Nasal Hair Is Actually Your Best Friend When You Hit Your Forties

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Tradition dictates that once time has taken a large enough bite out of a man’s Forties, he has to do something weird. Read More…