http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/exam...mplain-if-your-flight-cost-20-86081-30401146/ BEFORE I joined the pale blue and grey-shirted world of journalism I used to play guitar in a slightly more colourful punk band. Our drummer, Rob, was an 18-stone brick outhouse of a bloke who would wallop his skins and cymbals with considerable violence. This wasn’t unusual. Most tub-thumpers in the world of punk and heavy metal do the same – and the manufacturers of drum skins and drumsticks build their products to withstand the abuse. One day Rob came into the practice room with a box of sticks. For the price of a pair he’d bought about five sets. Within about two songs first blood was drawn. A severed chunk of Rob’s left-hand stick came flying across the room. And within two weeks most of his new purchases were lying in the bin cracked, splintered and split. They were cheap in the extreme because they were probably made of matchwood. But Rob knew he’d got his money’s worth and didn’t complain. A few years later my mate, Dabber, and I sat aboard a plane, belonging to ultra-budget airline Ryanair. We were bound for Madrid.