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Match of the day

"I don't think I've mentioned my illustrious football career. To those who don't know me personally, it may come as a surprise to hear I had one. It would be completely incredible to my acquaintances, but people are full of surprises." Trevor reminisces about the last time he pulled on his boots...

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Sing out!

"Fischer's a man with a mission. He will happily set himself up in parks, market squares and shopping centres. And people smile and join in; dozens, hundreds and sometimes even thousands of them, singing along with tunes we know as 'Roll Out The Barrel', or 'I Love To Go A-Wandering'." Trevor tells us all about German folk singing phenomenon Gotthilf Fischer...

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The family painting

As I made my way back up the stairs, I was surprised to hear giggling and chattering. It was then that I observed the painted boot prints on the plastic sheeting. I followed them, and was astonished to find that they continued up the wall at the top, and even onto the ceiling. It was as if small and playful elves had decided to join the campaign." Trevor's children decide to "help" with decorating the stairwell.

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Decorating cowboy style

"I find decorating a mindless, boring and utterly unsatisfying chore and sought some musical accompaniment to steer me through. An album of Classic Country and Western seemed appropriate. With the CD wagons beginning to roll, I set to the task of covering myself in paint." Trevor enlists the help of Tammy Wynette, Charley Rich, Johnny Cash and others to help with the DIY...

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Wheels and deals

"She said I'd enjoy the flea market; the cut and thrust of micro-capitalism. And, as she made it known that beer would be available to each according to their need, it sounded like a pleasant enough way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I didn't even mind hearing we'd be operating in accordance with a cash and carry basis, with her efforts concentrating more on the former." Trevor and the family go to the flea market...

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