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JANUARY2015THESWORD21INTERVIEWheconsidershimseltobeaoilistbuthewasprettyhandywithanepeetoo.Hewonthe974BritishjuniorchampionshipandspeaksondlyohisannualtripstoaninternationalcompetitioninDieppewhichhewontwice.Aullandrewardingcompetitivecareercametoanendinthelate-97swheninhiswordshemovedseamlesslyromspendingmoneyongoingtoencingtournamentstobuyingencingmemorabilia.Hebecamehookedoncollectinganythingtodowiththehistoryothesportromtheearlyillustratedbooksothe6thcenturytomodernstampsand3yearlaterheisstilldoingit.HehasevenestablishedtheNationalFencingMuseumnearMalverninWorcestershire.MoreonthatlaterMalcolmismostwellknownorthe3yearsthathespenteditingTheSwordmagazine.In984BritishFencingsrovingambassadorEdmundGraymethimattheMartiniEpeeInternationalgalanal.ThegoverningbodywasindesperateneedoaneditorandatthetimeMalcolmdidthatveryjobattheCentralOceoInormationthegovernmentsPRdepartmentwherehewasresponsibleoroverseaspressservices.Themagazinehadbecomeaninrequentpublicationandneededareshapproach.Malcolmsaidhewouldtakeonthetaskoracoupleoissuestoseehowitwent3yearslaterthathadturnedinto9issues.Hismainobjectivewastomakeitaregularquarterlypublication.Healsosetaboutrationalisingthecontentssothatitbecameaneasierreadandexperimentedwithcoloureventuallyproducingtherstall-colouredition.Hejokesaboutthedicultiesothepre-internetagewhenittookweeksorgalleyproostobecheckedandcorrectionsmade.PerhapsitisunsurprisingthatMalcolmispossiblytheonlypersontohaveeverysinglecopyothemagazinesinceitwasrstprintedin948.Itwouldbeunairtoignorehisunashameddesireorthemagazinetocontinueinitsprintedormatbutheismeasuredinhisapproachtothematterknowingthatnancialconsiderationshavetobetakenintoaccount.TherearetoomanyissuesorMalcolmtochooseaavouritebuttheOlympicissueso4and8werelaboursolove.TheyweretoppedonlybythebiggestissueeversenttoprintcoveringLondon.AtthetimeMalcolmwasworkingortheOlympicNewsServiceprovidingthreedailyreportsthroughouttheencingtournament.HeputthesetogetherwithamazingimagestakenbySergeTimachefFencingPhotos.comoranissuethatholdsaspecialplaceinhisheart.LieaterTheSwordisnotdull.HavingmovedtothevillageoHanleySwanjustoutsideMalverninMalcolmisanactivememberoaveryactivecommunity.SecretaryothelocalhistorysocietyhehasbeensuccessulinobtainingoneHeritageLotterygranttoexcavatepartoaRomansettlementneartheRiverSevernandwillapplynextyearoranothertoexploretheoundationsoamedievalcastleintheparish.Heandhiswiearealsoinvolvedingrowingvinesoracommunitywineprojectandharvestingapplesromacommunityorchard.TheNationalFencingMuseumisamustoranyencerwithaninterestinthehistoryooursportandaguidedtourromMalcolmisathoroughlypleasantwaytospendaewhours.Awealthoknowledgeamanwithsomanyinterestingstoriesaencing-nutunderstatedandsurprisingatthesametimeMalcolmFare.Itsapleasuretoknowhim.InormationonMalcolmsNationalFencingMuseumcanbeaccessedusingtheollowinglinkhttpwww.encingmuseum.comletYoungShopkeeperinNorthernAghanistancentreOldStreetinKabulrightAncientwindmillinSouthernAghanistan