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Street Children

My dad tells a funny story about working in India with street children. He was working for a charity that did outward bound stuff with companies and then used the money to help street kids, but one day a group of kids arrived at the centre, and it was my dad’s job to take them out rock climbing.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣The kids piled into a minibus and my dad - being in full health and safety instructor mode - told them to put on...

EA312
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EA312

Someone once told me never to underestimate your audience, which although an uphill task at times (someone also said my...

Queen
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Queen

This could be an image of a woman in a bikini, an easy like, instead it’s a woman with a 60lb pack, but a hook no less....

Comb
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Comb

I once gave a talk at a Sheffield school about skiing across Greenland. All the kids were tiny, and they sat at my feet. You...

Charlie
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Charlie

My grandad, Charlie Kirkpatrick, was thrown out of his home aged 17. This was his reward for coming to the defence of his...

Flak
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Flak

In 2019 I had some work on a TV program about climbing El Cap with some celebs, the usual shite, a footballer, someone from...

A Note to New Fathers
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A Note to New Fathers

I’ve seen a lot of new babies cropping up on social media of late, no doubt designed to replace one set of boomers with...

Power
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Power

A few months ago, I finally – after years of trying – managed to delete my Twitter account, an account I’d had since...

Stillbirth
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Stillbirth

I, unfortunately, made the mistake of hearing the radio this morning, the story when I came in about a 50% rise in...

Half a man
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Half a man

I’ve been having a slight tussle over on some Reddit post this week (I’ll link to it, but don’t bother reading it),...

Daniel Johnston
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Daniel Johnston

I’ve been asked to write something about emotional control, stemming from the impression that sometimes I seem to be a very...

Enemies
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Enemies

I was once lucky enough to share and stage, and then a drink, with this fella, who got shot down in the first Gulf war. One...

Mind your Head
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Mind your Head

Thanks to all the people who have contacted me after my “Mind your head” podcast (both the ‘mad’, the ‘mental’,...

Gravey
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Gravey

One of my heroes is Beck Weathers, who like a high altitude Lazareth, died and came back from the dead, surviving an open -...

Flippant
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Flippant

Last week I upset a lot of people by appearing to be flippant about mental health and the subject of depression, as well as...

Church
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Church

Every morning I push my son around a ten-kilometre circuit, come rain or shine, him wrapped up and sleeping (hopefully), me...

Dream
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Dream

Last night I was visited by a dead person, who - being in a dream - I forgot was dead. In the dream he was dressed in a...

Fake
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Fake

Fake faces, with fake lips, fake eyes, fake skin. Fake words. Fake compassion. Fake empathy. Fake concern. Fake drugs. Fake...

Patience
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Patience

Finally got around the seeing The Terror, which although very depressing (I'll have to watch Chernobyl in order to cheer...

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