Inspired by the Movements of a Young Man: Rowing and Politics

For Matt at P(olitics)M(ade)P(ublic).

“The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.” Abraham Lincoln


“The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit… a reputation, character.” John D. Rockefeller


“No young man ever thinks he shall die.” William Hazlitt

The Easy-Carving Madeira Cake

175 g butter at room temperature
175 g caster sugar
3 free-range eggs
250 g self-raising flour
2-3 tbsp milk
1 lemon, zest only or 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation method
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease an 18 cm round cake tin, line the base with greaseproof paper and grease the paper. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture well between each one and adding a tablespoon of the flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture curdling.Sift the flour and gently fold in, with enough milk to give a mixture that falls slowly from the spoon. Fold in the lemon zest.Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and lightly level the top. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.


“A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.” Robert Byrne


“There’s an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful; boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.” Doris Lessing

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