Of all the pastimes I might perhaps wish to try out, paintballing wouldn't be in the top thousand. But if you have a twelve year old son with a mission, well, you just have to tack to the prevailing wind.
So it was that I spent today trying to capture and then defend an Afghan fort made of hay bales, and to protect and then kill a 'Black Hawk Down' pilot on the edge of a massive crater in the woods of Hertfordshire. If I had more stamina, I might also have rampaged through a Vietcong Village and otherwise relived some of the key military encounters of the post-colonial era.
Verdict on paintballing - worth doing once. The problem is, I suspect my son wants to go again.
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