Blokes quite happy to pick up where they left off ages ago

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VERITY LUSH: Oh, the indignity of an x-ray toilet

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One of the best things about being a bloke is that you can go for months or years without speaking to a friend and just pick up where you left off – no-one is upset or offended that you’re both slackers.

A pal from Denmead has been on his travels for the past 10-15 years. Occasionally our paths cross (Gibraltar, Canada, Fort Cumberland Pub at Eastney).

Knowing he’d finally sorted himself out online, I sent him an e-mail in September 2011 asking how his new life is going in Toronto.

He got back to me last week with the reply: ‘Good mate, you?’

That’s as much information as I need. I’ll be returning the same level of detail in my reply in 2016.