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

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40. Next time you post a letter …

A while back, McDonald’s dropped Kobe Bryant from its sponsorship activities, and the news broke like a thunderclap in England. Everywhere I went, people crowded me, pushed microphones into my face and generally harassed me – always wanting to know the answer to the same question: ‘What is a Kobe Bryant?’

I had to explain to them, of course, that it is not a ‘what’ but a ‘he’ – and he is someone who is seventeen feet tall and who plays NBA basketball in America. I then have to explain the NBA, which I do as follows: five very tall men run up a wooden court and (usually) score points by throwing a ball through a high hooped net. Five different very, very tall men then run up the other end and (usually) do the ...

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