Tuesday 16 October 2018

Roddy Doyle's Charlie Savage: Give a man a hobby and he can ruin his world


Illustration: Ben Hickey
Illustration: Ben Hickey

The wife's on at me about getting a hobby.

- I'm too old for hobbies, I tell her. It's true. When she mentioned it, I had to remember what a hobby actually was. I don't think I'd heard the word being spoken since I was 10 or 11, when my hobby was collecting frogs in a bucket - until my Da took the bucket back and flung the frogs over the back wall into Kelly's.

Anyway, it's her latest campaign. She's started walking and doing embroidery and - I don't know - panel-beating. So she's decided that I desperately need things to do too.

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