An Everyday Story of Action Folk

PLOTTING EMPATHY POTENTIAL: an introductory investigation into generative exchange and play-depth potential. Dr H

This group of ten have been pledged blood brothers since childhood. Psychological tensions can surface from time to time but rarely affect long-term group stability.

DAMIEN Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22)

Has a slightly punk attitude to footwear and likes to present an outback look 24/7. Always wears his lucky powerglove, even when showering.

CHARLES Leo (July 23-Aug 22)

Still suffering the undermining effects of boarding-school where his early attempts at body-building were ridiculed by the lower 6th. Tends to identify with Baywatch on a bad hair day.

NATHAN Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Life improved after 13 but continued lack of paternal recognition lead to a succession of personal crises. After dropping a fashion career, he discovered Inter-galactic cricket on the internet and developed a taste for body armour. Spent Xmas Day moonbowling.

ROBERT Gemini (May 21-June20)

The original man. His mates love his scar. He designed his own jet-propelled mountain gear - a business venture temporarily on hold, awaiting venture capital. Can be relied on to speak his mind on all occasions. Spent Xmas Day on Ben Nevis.

HUW Pisces (Feb 19-March 20)

Suffered a personality change soon after birth and has spent a life-time seeking his original self. Prone to unexplained changes of clothing that some of The Brothers put down to catwalk fever. Read Robinson Crusoe over Xmas.

LOU Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

Only member of the friends to take on a soft Xmas. Boots and camouflage can't hide the 'new man' that is Lou. Always inexplicably moved by babies and the Virgin Birth. Lou stayed home with an angel over Xmas. Some say he is related to Charles, others to Martin: Lou is circumspect on matters of gender and identity.

ANDY Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)

After gaining a tribal scar while on holiday in Africa as a child, Andy turned to the East - embracing martial arts. Likes West Side Story and the colour red.

JAMES Aries (March 21-April 19)

An overdose of James Bond movies before puberty has left its mark. James wears a five o'clock shadow permanently to go with his cat suit. Mr Black to Andy's Mr Red, his approach is minimalist to everything except image.

GRAHAM Aries (March 21-April 19)

Suffers from SAD. In the absence of sunlight uses fantasy as an alternative energiser. Spent Xmas and New Year dressed as Action Man. Friends find him unapproachable between November and February. Self-absorption leads to frequent air-fighting in front of a mirror.

MARTIN (known as Mart) Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The only real sportsman of the group - combines cycling and Scuba-diving - (cy-scu) - which means he exposes well-toned legs and designer sportsgear on most occasions. Tends to be rather time-obssessed.