Fall­ing to pieces over a jig­saw

The Herald - - OPINION -

SEP­A­RATE hob­bies can of­ten be the key to long and happy re­la­tion­ships (writes Aun­tie Ali­son, the world’s worst agony aunt and, in­deed, aunt in gen­eral).

Hours spent to­gether af­ter time apart paint­ing, hill­walk­ing, or vis­it­ing the book­ies, can be so much sweeter.

But what if your hobby be­gins to take over your life, as hap­pened to Ken Robin­son of Mid­dles­brough? The 74-year-old chal­lenged him­self to com­plete a jig­saw its mak­ers pro­claimed was “the puz­zle with the great­est num­ber of pieces in the world”. How many pieces you ask? 34,000.

It has taken him two years of fourhour stints to com­plete it. “I nearly got di­vorced be­cause of the time I spent on it,”he said.

Mr Robin­son is now look­ing for a place to dis­play the 18ft by 5ft jun­gle picture for char­ity.

Still, it could have been worse. Imag­ine if he had got to the end of the two years and found there was one piece miss­ing. Think of the laughs, though, if you were the wife who had hid­den it some­where. Come off it, you would do the same.

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