Diamond Sharp Fencing

It’s always surprising to find out who is a fencer in their spare time. The latest celebrity to be un-masked (so to speak) is Neil Diamond who, according to this article in the Irish Times, was quite a handy fencer in his youth. He even got to attend New York University on the back of  a fencing scholarship, specialising in épée at that.  Unfortunately, or not depending on your views on his music, he decided to swap his sword for a guitar and, well, the rest is history. Actually, that sounds like the basis of a good blues riff: “I used to swing a sword, but I traded it for an axe….”

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