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A collection of representative images that give an idea of what the Boy Wonder got up to in 2004.

Ski Dude

Ski Dude

St Gervais, France  January 03, 2004

The BW had his first skiing experiences this year - a few days of lessons in January, then back for a little more at Easter. Kitted out in the top designer gear by the Surfer Dude, who conveniently runs a shop selling ski and surf gear, the BW took to it like a duck to water. With a bit of luck, he'll avoid the Paternal Optimist's fate - to be forever recognizable as an Englishman on skis.

"An Englishman on skis NEVER bends his knees."


Phang Nga Bay (part one)

Phang Nga Bay (part one)

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand  August 12, 2004

The BW and the PO took a wonderful trip by junk to the Phang Nga Bay off the coast of Phuket, during which we visited James Bond Island (Scaramanga's hideout from The Man With the Golden Gun) and Panyee, a tiny village of 400 people built almost entirely on stilts. But perhaps the most remarkable feature of the trip was the hundreds of islands of all shapes and sizes that fill the bay, some of which can be seen behind the BW in this picture.


Phang Nga Bay (part two)

Phang Nga Bay (part two)

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand  August 12, 2004

A typically relaxed Boy Wonder enjoys the sunshine and the sea air.


Surfer Dude

Surfer Dude

Phuket, Thailand  August 15, 2004

Well, bodyboarder dude, if you want to split hairs. Unfortunately for the BW, the waves were quite high and he doesn't yet carry the critical mass necessary to really control the board, so he found it very difficult. Of course, the Paternal Optimist had no such problems, but you won't be seeing any photos of him here, as he has no desire to put his critical mass on display.


The BW and the Ramayana

The BW and the Ramayana

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand  August 16, 2004

The entire Ramayana is depicted in over 400 panels running all the way round the inside of the outer wall or the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The BW is in front of a typically stunning example.


The BW and Chinese Dragon

The BW and Chinese Dragon

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand  August 16, 2004

There were no real opportunities this year for the Boy Wonder to develop a relationship with a dog, or a gosling for that matter. But I think it's fair to say that the look in this dragon's eyes suggest that he would follow the BW to the end of the earth. If he weren't made of stone, that is.


BW with Baby Elephant

BW with Baby Elephant

Rose Garden, Bangkok, Thailand  August 17, 2004

Once again, the Boy Wonder displays his remarkable affinity with animals of all shapes and sizes.


Snorkelling (part one)

Snorkelling (part one)

Phuket, Thailand  August 19, 2004

While Japanese tourists threw up all around him, the BW still managed to look radiant as we set off on a snorkelling trip just off Phuket.


Snorkelling (part two)

Snorkelling (part two)

Phuket, Thailand  August 19, 2004

Conditions were not ideal - we were in Thailand during the rainy season and there was a fair bit of wind, so the seas were choppy and visibility not perfect - but we still saw enough to want to snorkel again on future holidays.


Snorkelling (part three)

Snorkelling (part three)

Phuket, Thailand  August 19, 2004

A happy Boy Wonder returns from our snorkelling trip.


The Man in the Wooden Mask

The Man in the Wooden Mask

Phuket, Thailand  August 20, 2004

For once the Paternal Optimist is grateful for red-eye.


The BW Hogs The Limelight

The BW Hogs The Limelight

Hogwarts, Northamptonshire  November 05, 2004

As the 120-strong orchestra rises to accept the audience's rapturous applause after his first concert performance at Hogwarts, the Boy Wonder attempts to hog the limelight in typical fashion.


The BW as Harry Potter

The BW as Harry Potter

Hogwarts, Northamptonshire  November 05, 2004

The Boy Wonder begins to quiver and glow, seconds before disappearing in a puff of smoke. He reappeared a quarter of an hour later, but refused to say anything about where he had been or what he had been doing, other than to deny that Hermione Granger had accompanied him.


The Boy Winger

The Boy Winger

Hogwarts, Northamptonshire  November 17, 2004

The BW in the thick of things as usual, concentrating intensely on the tactical changes being explained, working through in his head those well-oiled miss-moves they've practised over and over... Hell, who am I kidding ? He's the one with the unfeasibly skinny legs on the far left of the picture.


The Boy Clogger Takes On Wotnorugger

The Boy Clogger Takes On Wotnorugger

Hogwarts, Northamptonshire  November 22, 2004

The only live-action image extant of the Boy Clogger, courtesy of the Miscellaneous Other Parents.

PS He's the one in blue.


The BW Brings Hip-Hop To The Piste

The BW Brings Hip-Hop To The Piste

St Gervais, France  December 31, 2004

Despite the protestations of the PO, the Boy Wonder demonstrates his unique breakdancing skills in the middle of a blue run.

If you think this picture is impressive, you should have seen him spinning on his head, his crossed skies whizzing round - I believe it's called "doing the helicopter" by those in the know.


Gliding Serenely By

Gliding Serenely By

St Gervais, France  December 31, 2004

The Boy Wonder does his best not to be put off by the PO and his infernal camera...


Is It A Bird ? Is It A Plane ? No, It's The Boy Wonder...

Is It A Bird ? Is It A Plane ? No, It's The Boy Wonder...

St Gervais, France  December 31, 2004

Bode Miller, Hermann Maier and the rest had better watch out - the Brits are coming !