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Ten years ago, in a feat of bravado designed to impress a girl, I vandalised a restaurant where I'd worked. Was this act inspired by animus against the restaurant, or something else?

By William Skidelsky   December 2007

I have never thought of myself as a violent or aggressive person. So it was a shock to discover, several years ago, that I am capable of behaving like a yob. The occasion of this discovery was a night out in London with university friends, which ended with some of us going back to my parents’ (unoccupied) house with a bottle of vodka. Several hours later I suggested, with the ebullience of severe drunkenness, that a girl I quite liked step out with me for an early morning stroll.   Dawn was breaking, and the streets were miraculously empty. We…

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