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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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18. Go on, surprise me: make my day

Despite the fact that the last twenty-five years have seen an alarming increase in the number of things about which I know nothing, I try and steer a course in life that avoids surprises. I follow Leibowitz’s law, for example, which states that when hammering a nail you will never hit a finger if you hold the hammer with both hands.

Life does, of course, insist in throwing occasional spanners in the works. Only yesterday, to give you another working example, I opened a tin that clearly said ‘evaporated milk’ on the label only to find it was still there. In general, however, I avoid the stresses caused by events not following a predetermined script.

It was only recently that I realised that this approach might ...

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