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He took to heart Conroy's admonition that a writer should write every day, "working the writing muscles like a pianist practicing scales.
Like musicians practicing scales, bartenders warm up every working day with 26 exercises.
Mr Spiegl shares: ``On reading the obituaries of Lonnie Donegan that his (Donegan's) father was `a professional classical violinist', Stan Kelly writes from America that we got it all wrong: `My old man's a professional classical violinist, He wears a professional classical violinist's dinner jacket and tails, He sports a cor-blimey bow-tie, And spends hours practicing scales.