Monthly Archives: October 2011

Grandmotherly Fashion Statement

The 80s were a decade known primarily for crimes against fashion. Mullet haircuts, enormous shoulder pads and wearing suits without socks were what made the decade memorable for all of the wrong reasons. Another fashion atrocity was the ridiculously brightly … Continue reading

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I Never Play Basketball Now

It probably won’t come as a surprise to most of you to know that I was reasonably good at basketball when I was at school. After all, being excessively tall and having a face which looks like it has taken … Continue reading

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A Limp End to the School Day

Believe it or not, from the age of about 6 I used to walk home from school by myself. Nowadays the child care gestapo who haunt every county hall would probably have whisked me into care as soon as my … Continue reading

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Girls’ Games Are Dangerous

When I was growing up, school sports were run on very clear gender lines. Boys played football (that’s ‘soccer’, for any Americans tuning in) and rugby during the winter and cricket in the summer. Girls played hockey and netball during … Continue reading

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Indoor Football

It is getting towards that time of year again. The days grow shorter and colder and as they do so the number of wet and windy days increases. To a sport-loving child such as I this was not a good … Continue reading

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The Sad Story of Simon

Every school has a Simon. The sort of kid who doesn’t quite fit in, who seems to be in a permanent daze and whose conversation appears to be completely at a tangent to whatever anyone else is talking about. Simon … Continue reading

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My Worst…Wedding

There’s a surprising amount of competition for this, from the wedding where I had not only never met the groom but never got to speak to the one person I did know, the bride, to the one which my only … Continue reading

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