It would be fair to say that his family and friends were surprised when nils told them that he was planning to enter that world go-go dancing championships. But if they were surpised then, it was nothing compared their mounting astonishment as he won first his heats, and then each successive round of the contest, to eventually wind up as the foremost go-go dancer in the world.
nils, of course, remains characteristically modest about his achievements. “I wasn’t looking for fame and fortune,” he says “it was just something I felt I had to try.” And it’s true that he seems largely unchanged by his newfound celebrity – he’s returned home to his old flat, and his old job, and life continues much as before. When asked if he’ll dance again, he just smiles slightly. “I’m not planning to, but I’ve still got the boots at the back of a cupboard, so I suppose anything’s possible.”