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He wasn't allowed to listen to 'popular' music, so he settled on James Last.

He wasn't allowed to continue his dance education, as his father thought it to poncy, so he turned to Morris dance.

He wasn't allowed to paint, so he created elaborate time tables instead.

He wasn't allowed to express himself in play, so he settled on being grown up and envying all who were 'free'.

He wasn't allowed to feel, so he build a wall around his emotions.

He wasn't able to make friends, so he decided everyone was the enemy.

He wasn't allowed to watch relaxing movies with pretty male actors, so settled on pretty officers in war movies instead.

He wasn't allowed to hang pretty guys in his room, so he chose brooding dictators instead.

He wasn't good enough for the piano, they said, so he played Hammond Organ.

He didn't allow himself to be loved so settled on being alone and bitter.

He wasn't allowed to be gay, so settled on a lifetime in the closet.

He wasn't allowed to live, so had to make do with life after death …