Stick with me, this isn’t quite as bad as it sounds.

And it isn’t my recommendation to invest in 10-year government bonds.

Christmas is great especially the quality time with the kids.

However, post new year it creates a problem of how to entertain the kids before they start back at school and nursery.

This Wednesday just gone, we decided to try out the Winter Wonderland on the outskirts of York.

My almost six-year-old daughter had been going on about ice skating (I knew I shouldn’t have let them watch Frozen again), so we decided to give it a try.

Considering the fairly princely sum of £34 for two adults and two kids to attempt something for either the first time in twenty years or the first time ever, it wasn’t the best idea.

My son burst into tears after his first small slip, and didn’t return.

My wife and daughter did one lap holding onto the edge of the rink and a penguin – not a real one.

I thought I would go all Charlie Big Bananas (or whatever Eskimos eat) and just believe that I could remember what to do.

I made Bambi look like Christopher Dean, falling hard and needing some help and tips from the steward person before I even made it halfway round.

As I came back in (to complete my money’s worth) I then took out a 10-year-old girl in what felt like slow motion.

I may have even let out an “Ohhh noooooooo”

She apologised as much as me, although all she did was stray into the racing line of an out of control lunatic.

The moral of the story: don’t expect to be able to do something easily if you haven’t been practicing over the past 20 years.

My ice skating skills are truly atrocious, my risk analysis and personal finance skills on the other hand are pretty good after years of purposeful practice.

The RoI with our own investments and my decent success climbing the corporate ladder are the proof.

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Stephen Wallis

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