Wednesday 7 January 1987

…Today was the day I proved myself a complete failure.
In PE we did the first of many ‘super gym’ exercises
when we all had to do certain exercises for a minute.
The exercises were:
Shooting at a basketball net
Press-ups
Sit-ups
Squat thrusts
Leg raises
Catching balls running
and bench aside jumps.
I was a complete and utter flop at all of them.
Compared to the others my scores were like what an
egg-laying hen is to the Ministry of Defence…

When it comes to simultaneously raising hackles and lowering self-esteem, there’s little that outranks enforced communal physical exercise.

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