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December 11 , 2007

The Binomial Man


In this rollicking memoir author Paul Stevens recounts his efforts to become an ocean going sailor (at 60), a surfer (at 65), and a skier (at 68), by compensating his complete lack of sporting talent with sheer determination.
Along the way he gets a new body, and a whole new outlook on life.

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[Introduction - The Binomial Theorem - If Only You Were Here Yesterday! - No Way But Down - The Two Best Days of your Life - The Acid Test - Surfing is a Risky Business - Unfinished Business - So You Want to be a Sailor? - Quipping Up - Surfing Fit - Dubai - So You Want to Buy a Yacht? - Ski Lifts - The Jump Up & Drop - The Nature of the Beast - The We$t Coa$t Crui$e - It’s All About the Wind - Catching The Wave (& ) The Right (of) Way - Let’s Go! - The Nightmare Continues! - The Facts of Life - Can You Explain this? - Round the World - Again - No Way But Down (2) - Epilogue (1) - Have you Got Your Seats? - Epilogue (2) Murphy’s 10 Laws of Surfing]

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