From a letter to Stense, 11-Jun-1996

Irish Mick and I went to the pub the other night and he bumped into some woman he knows from the mountain club, although she's more of a canoe fanatic than a climber. He hadn't seen her for several months because, it turned out, she had recently [been seriously ill], as well as having a dislocated shoulder and a ricked neck.

"I'm all right now, though," she explained, "and I finally managed to get down to the swimming pool to get some canoe practice last week. I tried an Eskimo Roll and it was bloody impossible."

"You should try a Swiss Roll," I replied: "that's a piece of cake."


Unfortunately, the woman completely spoilt it by saying, "How do you do one of those?"

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

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