I can remember passing out on just two occasions. One time I was returning home for Christmas and as I recall, mum opened the door, enabling me to cross the threshold and fall flat on the floor. Merry Christmas!
On the other occasion I was playing cricket. It was a first team match and I was opening the batting against Tulse Hill. The pre-match rumour was that their new, fast bowler, had the edge on Curtly Ambrose for pace.
What you need to know is that it was, " a bumpy pitch and a fading light." And that my friends is why I never saw the short ball that rendered me absolutely sparko. When I came round, the bump on my head was of comic proportions. Fred Quimby would have been proud.
I was reminded of the incident after watching poor Jonathan Trott, twist, turn and squirm in that first test. The guy was clearly fried to a crisp while just twenty-two yards away, a pumped Mitchell Johnson was looking sharp - sharp as a lemon tart and twice as tasty. As an example of what a bit of short bowling can do it was hard to beat and dramatically the whole psycho-drama was played out in front of thousands at the Gabba.
My purpose today is not to compare myself with Jonathan Trott. Without doubt the guy is a better batsman and marginally better looking, but clearly I'm more entertaining. No I'm just wondering whether the Trotty incident will prove to be the transformative moment in this test series. Has the psychological balance shifted?
And what, I wonder, would have happened if Trotty had managed to hit those two bouncers for six? A whole different story maybe.