What Men Think About Sex

The race is on...

My first novel, about two men competing for the same woman in an unusual way.

What Men Think About Sex

The race is on...

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Writing fiction is great in that you have complete freedom to invent the characters and the plot, but also terrible in that you have to invent the characters and the plot. Thinking back, though, one of the characters in this book was a man who always knows a piece of trivia about whichever subject's under discussion. The signs were there even then ...

 

‘Mark Mason is one of those writers whose natural voice is that of “everybloke” - the Nick Hornby of Fever Pitch or the John O’Farrell of The Best A Man Can Get.’ Heat

‘Full of wit and male competitiveness’ OK

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The Catch

The Catch

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The C Words

The C Words

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The Bluffer's Guide to Football

The Bluffer's Guide to Football

Packed with football trivia

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The Bluffer's Guide to Bond

The Bluffer's Guide to Bond

Packed with Bond trivia

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The Importance of Being Trivial

The Importance of Being Trivial

The book that gave this site its name

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Walk The Lines

Walk The Lines

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Move Along Please

Move Along Please

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Mail Obsession

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Question Time

Question Time

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Big Ben

On a visit to Big Ben, I was told that if you stand at the bottom of the tower with a portable radio and listen to the chimes on Radio 4 (they still transmit them live), you hear them on the radio before you hear them ‘for real’. I couldn’t believe it – but was intrigued enough to try it for myself. And you know what? It’s absolutely true. The bongs come out of the radio a fraction of a second before they reach your ears from the top of the tower. It’s something so silly, so counter-intuitive, that you have to tell people. (Well, I did.) Researching the explanation, I found that it’s because radio waves travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) rather than the 700 or so miles per hour at which sound waves travel. The signal travelling down the wire from the microphone to the BBC goes at the speed of light too. Hence the radio version overtaking the real one.

I realised that this would be the perfect way to teach the principle in school physics lessons. Instead of a boring teacher droning on that ‘radio waves travel at the speed of light’, illustrate it with this beautiful and quirky little fact. The kids will remember it then. I certainly would have done if my physics teacher had taken this approach. As it was I had to wait until I heard a piece of so-called ‘trivia’ in my thirties.