‘I invented a fishing fly that made millions of dollars’

Charlie Smith’s bonefish fly revolutionised saltwater fly-fishing

‘I run a choir of the dispossessed’

The Reverend Niall Weir had two options to bring people together: food or music

‘I run a food truck for dogs’

‘Our bestselling biscuit is peanut butter’: meet the owner of Bow Wow Bones

‘I’m an artist who makes crop circles’

Curiosity sparked John Lundberg’s unusual hobby, which businesses later used for promotional campaigns

‘I teach birds to follow me around’

Lloyd Buck builds strong bonds with the birds he has been rearing for TV and films for the past 25 years

‘I learn my Shakespeare lines using illustrations’

Actor Lloyd Everitt, who is dyslexic, draws images to help memorise a script and overcome his fear

Prof. Ross Powell at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois on 2/24/15
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First Person: ‘I discovered fish living under a glacier’

The discovery of creatures living in such a barren environment lends credence to the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life, says geoscientist Ross Powell

‘I comfort drunk and distraught clubbers’

Club Angel volunteer Ruth Bruce

Suzanne Michal is keen to challenge taboos around dying
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First Person: ‘I run a death café’

Suzanne Michal is keen to challenge taboos around dying

‘I was told I might not walk again but became a freestyle champion’

When an injury ended Andrew Henderson’s hopes of a rugby career, freestyle became his passion

First Person: ‘I’m a professional corpse’

‘A lot of it is from being lazy. You need to get very relaxed,’ says dead body actor Chuck Lamb

‘I coached the Malawian football team at 17’

Tom Bowden went to Malawi to coach schoolchildren but was so successful with them that he was asked to help the national team

‘I built a replica of Graceland in Denmark’

A fan of Elvis Presley from the age of eight, Henrik Knudsen was inspired to recreate the home of The King for Europeans

First Person: ‘I was a leaflet bomber’

Bob Newland says he had no idea how important his work had been to the anti-apartheid struggle

First Person: ‘I set up kung fu classes for nuns’

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and kung fu nuns: ‘Their routine is quite spectacular’

First Person: ‘I cook meals on my car engine’

Alfred Cary’s favourites include sea bass with ginger, soy sauce, chilli and lemon grass

‘I was one of 117 women in a record skydive’

After 30 years of skydiving, Lesley Gale decided to seek out an extra challenge

First Person: ‘I’m Britain’s first female beer inspector’

After 26 years in the industry, Annabel Smith is passionate about beer being a ‘gender-neutral drink’

First Person: ‘I teach English to the Japanese using “Downton Abbey”’

Part of David Cruse’s job teaching at the British Council in Tokyo is promoting popular British culture

First Person: ‘I started a poetry corner for commuters’

David Hunt enjoys the buzz people get out of the verse that he and London Underground staff place on a station noticeboard

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