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Graeme Stout is a legal executive at law firm Gallaway Cook Allan and he Otago Daily Times' bridge columnist.
What was the best birthday present you ever received, and why?
A full-size bicycle with speedo and three-speed gears. It was the same as my brother Alan's (whom I greatly admired and still do). Since my parents weren't particularly well off, this would have strained the family budget a little but I never appreciated this at the time.
What smell do you find irresistible?
Sweet peas. There are some scents in nature that science simply can't reproduce.
What is your least favourite thing about humanity?
What is one strong childhood memory?
Heading off in our trusty 1951 Standard Vanguard to the Tahunanui Camping Ground, in Nelson, for the Christmas holidays. First stop was always the picnic spot at the frozen meat memorial just south of Oamaru for sandwiches filled with sardines, belgium or egg. In those days, making it over the Kilmog was a minor achievement to be celebrated, but no longer.
What is your message?
Be kind to your (bridge) partner.