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  • Susan May

Who's afraid of a little blank page?

Fear, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” Nobody needs to research the word to understand its meaning. We’re born with the understanding of it, as a necessity for our very survival. If not for fear, we would no doubt place ourselves in harm’s way often with serious consequences.

So it was with interest I viewed recently on a current affairs programme, an interview with a fellow they nicknamed the Bird-Man. He jumps off mountains with flimsy looking, parachute-type wings, skims across the hillside at 200km per hour, and then lands in the valley thousands of metres below. As if that wasn’t dangerous enough, he, and his other crazy mate, place helium