The moment

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:375
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, Co Armagh

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    Last year, while skiing, my friends and I fell into the company of some German folk. They seemed pleased at first, their reserve perhaps balanced by our more extrovert nature. Gradually, however, you could sense their perspective changing, and the realisation dawning that they had not encountered a tableau of richly Joycean characters but rather a bunch of obnoxiously drunken gits. There is a thin line between love and hate, but an even shorter step from entertainer to pest; the hero can become the zero in the blink of an eye.

    El Gran Senor was thought to be a champion; but in that …

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