On asking advice…

Firstly, do it.

If you’re starting to write a newspaper column, talk to someone who has written one before.

But be careful. Don’t fool yourself and think that simply by asking for this advice you will necessarily get better at writing newspaper columns.

As Joe Hunt told us in Theme Night #27 (original lyrics by Mary Schmich) – ‘Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it’s worth’.

Real improvement only starts to happen when you do it yourself.