In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – a long and mainly dull new film starring Brad Pitt – the titular character lives his life backwards, starting as an old man and ending up as a baby.
In snooker, very few players improve as they get older but maybe there’s something of the Jenson, sorry, Benjamin Button about Dave Harold, who, at the age of 42, is poised to return to the top 16.
Make no mistake, this would be some achievement.
Dave looked to be in serious trouble when he slipped to 45th in the world rankings after missing five tournaments during the 2004/05 season after breaking his wrist.
But he’s a hard worker of the old school and grafted his way back into the top 32.
After reaching the Northern Ireland Trophy final this season, he shot into the top 16 on the provisional list.
He’s now 17th but has qualified for the Welsh and China Opens and looks set for a return to the elite if he makes it to the Crucible.
Good luck to him. He’s one of snooker’s hard men and his dedication to the game is absolute.
The Stoke potter has a strange cue action in that he barely ‘feathers’ the cue ball. This means he is naturally slower than many of his fellow professionals but you don’t get extra points for speed and, with over 100 career centuries to his name, he can’t just be dismissed as a grinder.
You can listen to Dave talking to BBC Stoke here.