The other day, I posted an innocuous, jokey selfie on Twitter. Normally, this would prompt a few friendly acknowledgements but, yikes on a rusty bike, this one resulted in me being set upon by an army of trolls.


Within three days I’d received about 2,000 critical (to put it gently) replies and around 400 quote tweets. One said I needed “putting down”. Dozens insisted I was mentally ill. Many others accused me of narcissism, virtue-signalling, stupidity and bad hygiene – and often all four. Some even suggested my children were at risk.


I must have tweeted something pretty nasty to warrant all this, right? Wrong.


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