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Ithink there’s a lit­tle bit in all of us that dreams of be­ing the best. For some of us it will be the fan­tasy of our cook­ing prow­ess be­ing rec­og­nized by a Miche­lin Star; for oth­ers, it will be the pen­ning of a novel that sells more than J.K. Rowl­ing. For me, be­ing a world-fa­mous sur­geon was high up the list. This am­bi­tion was dashed five years ago when I was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour. Sur­geons twice needed to chop chunks out of my grey mat­ter, ul­ti­mately forc­ing me to hang up my stetho­scope for good. The up­side of sur­viv­ing the tu­mour has its down­sides: I am told I am now less so­cially in­hib­ited – speak­ing my mind too freely, and of­ten be­ing land­ing in hot wa­ter as a re­sult. Brain dam­age rarely has a good out­come, but that’s not al­ways the case: in this is­sue we read the story of ‘Ja­son’, a beer-swill­ing wom­an­iser who was trans­formed into an artist and math­e­mat­ics prodigy af­ter se­ri­ous head in­jury. In­spi­ra­tion can also be found through Fit­ness Guru Matt Lins­dell’s ac­count of over­com­ing sport­ing in­jury and James Lloyd’s guide to danc­ing. Scep­tic Guru Daryl Il­bury of­fers a crash course in din­ner-party Latin, and our Food Guru Natasha Aba­galyan ex­plains how pro­cessed food gets in­fused with our favourite flavours. Read, en­joy – and be in­spired. … Want to make Guru Mag­a­zine bet­ter? Join the Read­ers’ panel, com­plete a sur­vey, and tell us what you think. We’re of­fer­ing a new iPad and some great prizes for those who do. Find out more here.


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