As a child I was obsessed with the Tintin books. I devoured them all – I loved the plots and the dashing destinations although I found Tintin himself a bit priggish with his pulled up socks and his moral outrage.However Captain Haddock more than made up for him. I thought I was an unparalleled genius when I noticed that Thomson’s moustache went up at the ends and Thompson’s went down and to this day I still say ‘billions of blue blistering barnacles’ when life is not going how I wish it to….

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