How to be a secondary virgin



Temilolu Okeowo

Hi Temilolu,

I’m 62 years of age, a gentleman and an avid reader of
your column. Your article of Saturday, December 27 (CAN I
BE A SECONDARY VIRGIN?) is a master piece and I am
looking forward to the conclusion.

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The first of January

Cristian Mihai

snowEach year, on the first of January, we look back on the year that has passed and try to see the good, the bad, to figure out how to make things better. We try to learn form the past, and probably, we also spend a lot of time imagining a better future.

We have 365 days to change what needs changing, to become better, smarter, happier. Our hearts filled up with renewed hope and dreams and expectations, we make plans and lists.

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The basics


Cristian Mihai

Let me just tell you that what Ira Glass says in this video is absolutely true, and it applies to all forms of art.

Basically, there are two rules: absorb art (read books, stare at thousands of paintings, study how others do it, etc.), and make art. Simple as that.

Now, there’s a good reason why you need to absorb as much art as possible.

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Reader’s request: how to be a world champion


i don't enjoy runningYou’ve seen in the new year and made the usual resolutions to eat less, exercise more and give up all your vices.

Seriously, where’s the fun in that? How about branching out a bit? Why not become a world champion?

I’m not talking about turning yourself into the next Usain Bolt or Serena Williams. That would require keeping all of the above resolutions and training your arse off. Which is far too much hard work.

No, there’s another way. One that enables you to travel the world, or at least go to out-of-the-way pockets of Finland and the UK, where many of the more bizarre world championships seem to be held.

Irish sports journalist Graham Little has proved it can be done. Five years ago, he set himself a quest to become a world champion in, well, anything. He finished the yeaArmwrestler_Matthias_Schlitter with the World Elephant Polo Championships crown.

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Greens, greens, greens!


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I have been in North Carolina for the holidays and was inspired by some of the local fare in the area! Greens and peanuts are local to the area and are in season right now, so I thought this would be a fun pairing…and it definitely was!

I grew up seeing boiled peanuts for sale at stand on the side of the road and they were always a fun treat! They are sweet, savory, and have a delicious texture that compliments greens perfectly.

We used a pretty basic recipe, but adding in bacon or bacon fat would also make a great pairing and make these even more southern…if you’re from the dirty south like me ;P

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  • Boiled Peanuts
  • Local greens (turnip, collard, mustard,etc)
  • garlic
  • onion
  • lemon
  • salt and pepper


  • Boil peanuts (or purchase peanuts that are already boiled!)
  • Mince garlic cloves and dice onion
  • Sautee onions and garlic

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The Christmas Truce of 1914


Football in No-Man's-Land during 1914 Christmas TruceYou’re as close to hell on earth as you can get, stuck in a frozen muddy trench a few hundred metres across from a bunch of blokes trying to kill you.

It’s five months into a conflict so devastating they’ll call it the Great War and — at least for the next twenty years — the war to end all wars.

Memories of home are still relatively fresh. If you try hard enough you can still conjure up the taste of a Sunday roast, the comfort of a soft bed, the smell of your lover’s hair.

You shouldn’t have to rely on memory. This was all supposed to be over by Christmas.

Yet here you are. It’s Christmas. And it doesn’t look like you’re going home any time soon.

There’s no manual for this kind of war. For want of ground to be gained, both sides dig in. Literally dig…

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