The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - REAL LIFE -

1 Get­ting a new pair of socks al­ways pleases me. I’m not very in­ter­ested in clothes, but putting on a new pair of socks has al­ways been a plea­sure for me. And I don’t clean my shoes any­thing like of­ten enough – cer­tainly not as of­ten as my fa­ther did. 2 I have an un­usu­ally high thresh­old for bore­dom and can amuse my­self with very, very sim­ple ac­tiv­i­ties for very, very long pe­ri­ods. I can start throw­ing a rolled-up news­pa­per into a bin, then I’ll look up and it’ll be two hours later. 3 When I want to clear my head, I go to the lo­cal boxing ring to work out. I find boxing ab­sorb­ing – it’s like a game of chess but about a thou­sand times faster. You find time moves at a dif­fer­ent pace there, too – three min­utes can seem like a thou­sand years. 4 As a child I had clas­si­cal pi­ano lessons but I hated the lessons and the teacher, so I went on hunger strike to get my par­ents to al­low me to stop. It lasted for three days un­til they agreed. 5 I used to speak French very well – I was al­most flu­ent. I got out of the habit of us­ing it, and I’m afraid to say I can hardly speak it at all now.

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