When my cousin Richard (UKIP member) and I went to school together, they tested our singing. I went in the choir. He went horse-riding. I thought he got the better of the deal. My annual holiday still involves singing.
I have tried to learn lots of languagages from Esperanto to Cantonese. I said to Dr Lau I paid you £100 to teach me Cantonese and you have failed. He replied Mr Mak Go Wei, I have taught you a lot of Cantonese and you have forgotten it.
When I interviewed for Jardine Matheson there was only one question Do you play squash. I passed. Only later did I realise they were all county players.
Back in London I interviewed for a job. Do you play golf? they asked. I told the truth. I said "no", I didnt get the job. I never made that mistake again. At another interview I was asked Can you do Excel on the Mac? Yes I replied. I got the job. Next stop Tottenham Court Road to buy a Mac computer and Excel. When I started work in 14 days time I was their top expert on Excel.
After a late start at age 37, I enjoyed twenty years of skiing, till the knees complained.
As vicious as croquet without having to stand up. Nigel Farage played croquet in my garden once. Wow!
Water-skiing, while the knees lasted. Sailing. Canal boats. Punting was the only thing I mastered at Cambridge. I had a letter in the Telegraph once saying Life is like punting. The rule is: only push when you are pointing in the right direction.