Unless you count sledging and some distinctly inelegant attempts at waterskiing, no, I certainly hadn’t been skiing before.
Neither had Emilie, my girlfriend, and so it was with some trepidation that I asked her, just before Christmas ‘how would you feel about going skiing?’
But what she very quickly realised, and we have now both experienced, is that it wasn’t just a skiing holiday
I once bought my dear dad a Father’s Day card. He laughed, called me a silly sod, and asked how much money I’d wasted on it. My answer, £4.50, was apparently so hilarious he almost choked on his bacon. Fair to say ‘death by bacon’ wasn’t the present I had intended to give him to say thanks for being a great dad. I haven’t bought him another card.
In recent times it has become fashionable to highlight the issue of online trolls – cowardly geeks, hiding behind anonymous twitter, facebook or blogging accounts – whose hurtful words cause distress to whoever they decide, often at random, to target.
Ranging from random abuse of celebrities to targeted and long term victimisation of innocent people, these trolls are undoubtedly a problem, and deserve to be punished for their behaviour.