When I was 13, I [somehow] broke my arm landing awkwardly when I was made to have a go at long jump at school. I thought that sandpit was there to protect me but no, I fractured my radius and humerus head and had to have my arm in a right-angle cast for a couple of months.
In that time, I lost every little morsel of fitness I had and in the years since, I’ve never gained it back. It’s an unhealthy way to live my life but the moment I decided I was going to do something about it coincided with my discovery of alcohol and that obviously took precedent.
I’m not proud.
In a way, I blame my school – one that prided itself in excelling at sport – for neglecting me in the months it took me to recover but equally, I did nothing to make things any better for myself. I just sat in the cricket pavilion, making caramel with the plug-in stove for the conveyor belt of sick kids every week trying to do their homework.
What I needed was a principal like what Xi Guan Primary School in China’s Shanxi Province have.
The head-of-school taught himself the shuffle dance and he makes his students follow his lead, in a bid to keep them fit and offer them alternatives to simply sitting in front of a computer all day.
He’s so dangerously dapper. Look at him dancing with relative ease while his students follow impeccably. You’d never see anything like this in England and that’s a crying shame.
The one thing that sums it all up for me is right here, courtesy of @koshulli…
Never seen a principal dress so clean
— ♡!mani♡ (@koshulli) January 21, 2019
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow