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Why does the dominant companion in any sexual dating frequently sleep at the aspect of the mattress nearest the door? Is there a right away courting among the size of hemlines and the nation of the nationwide economic system? Are atypical numbers evil? And why do drivers with hats force forty kilometres according to hour slower than these with out? those are the massive questions of lifestyles, and it takes a courageous guy to take on them. The Italian as opposed to Australian idea of site visitors lighting fixtures; who will get the spare armrest among aeroplane seats; why males nod off after love-making . . . during this up-to-date version of the best-selling Little Theories of lifestyles, writer, broadcaster and columnist Peter FitzSimons is your excellent advisor to the bizarre international of the preferred concept, the city fable, and the land of 'did you recognize . . .?'.

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But now, let them wear the baggy green cap and score a century on debut, or captain the Kangaroos rugby league side, or win an Olympic Gold Medal! At this point they are immediately in sports icon territory, living the dream that so many of us had when we were children . . and so it immediately becomes fascinating to know what the star looked like when they were children. QX5 5/10/07 12:02 PM Page 47 5 Traff ic lore Traffic lore Red cars In traffic, red cars love to beetle along the road together in packs.

Cricket It has long been a sad observation of the sports journalistic world that cricketers seem more likely to take their own life than players involved in any other sport—and most susceptible of all are spin bowlers. No doubt about it, elite cricket can be the most exciting and frustrating of all sporting contests—enough to drive a man to drink, or worse. To make matters more disheartening that precise moment the fortune of a match changes can often be sheeted home to one poor, wretched individual.

Usually, the superstitious one will also be one of the less experienced players because superstitions like these tend to fall away as the players get older. QX5 4/10/07 10:38 AM Page 32 Little Theories of Life One of the other sharks circling around up the back might be the paternal figure who didn’t make it to captain. Though not the official caller-of-shots, he finds something comforting in ushering his charges out before him in the manner of a mother hen with her chicklets. Who wins this weekly battle?

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