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Andy Kirkpatrick
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I’ve never been one to be starstruck, even meeting people like Johnny Depp, most stars seeming to me to just be pretty normal really (I was a little struck by James Fox - but only because I’d watch Performance countless times, being a huge fan of Nicolas Roeg).I guess I might be more star-struck if I was to meet someone like Werner Herzog, or perhaps Kubrick but not actors. Maybe this is because I’m a climber, and have met...

Street Children
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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...

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

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

2000%
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2000%

A few weeks ago I wrote something about the murder rate being up by 70% in some US cities following the call to defund the...

Human Stain
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Human Stain

I get an increasing number of messages from people who don’t feel comfortable communicating publicly, which I suppose...

Cut & Paste
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Cut & Paste

Apart from being told once or twice a day that, “I don’t agree with everything you say, but…”, which gets tiresome...

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

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

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...

Cage or Malkovich?
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Cage or Malkovich?

Someone sent me a message the other day, looking for alternative life advice (I’m guessing it was meant for the other...

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...

Smiley unhappy people
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Smiley unhappy people

Comment on suicide post:“Anyone can come up with a pet hypothesis. Maybe some actual science is needed?”...

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’,...

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