And they’re off🇳🇵
As kids my brother and I developed an unhealthy addiction to video games. This would often result in not only hours on end in vegetative states but apocalyptic arguments. N64 controllers were used as throwing stars, computer screens were vandalised and one time we argued for so long in the back of the car over Donkey Kong that dad ordered us to throw both of our game boys out of the window.. (I fear that one may have scarred me for life!) Things were out of hand and something had to be done.
The middle class solution devised by my parents wouldn’t have been out of place in the Tower of London… pure evil. All of our consoles, games and comic books were removed and supposedly destroyed. In their place… a years subscription to National Geographic magazine…each.. My mum considered it an ambitious attempt to encourage us to read something productive and broaden our horizons outside of the maps of golden eye or the tracks of mario cart, we considered it child abuse.
Well a genius piece of parenting in hindsight because it wasn’t long before we were both hooked and for me by one edition in particular….
The enormity of the place was mesmerising but it was the smiling faces that captivated me. I wasn’t sure why everyone was so happy but I had to find out for myself… Well it’s taken me twenty years but when Neverest Orthopaedics approached me to help them in their bid to build a spinal unit in Chitwan it didn’t take me long to deliberate over, in fact there was no deliberation at all…. Lois we’re off to Nepal! 🇳🇵🙏
P.s. Shout out to @natgeo who broadened my horizons, ignited an urge to explore and showed me my first pair of boobs… respect.