The fact George Baker can now laugh at some of his bizarre behaviour in the immediate aftermath of the fall that changed his life is a measure of just how far the former jockey has travelled since.
After suffering severe head injuries in a horror fall while racing on the frozen lake in St Moritz in March 2017, the George that those close to him knew and loved was lying in a hospital bed — but he was acting like a stranger.
As a rider he had endured a strict regime to boil his 5ft 11in frame down to a riding weight of 9st. But after the accident there was a day Baker decided a meal of steak, mashed potato, orange juice and ice cream was best served all mixed up and eaten together in a dish beyond the abstract imagination of Heston Blumenthal.
George Baker suffered severe head injuries after falling on ice while racing on a frozen lake
Once he started belting out Adele’s song Hello at the top of his voice across the intensive care ward, much to the amusement of the nurses, after wife Nicola had asked her husband if he recognised the singer from her picture on the front cover of a magazine.
That was marginally less unsettling than the occasion Baker, on all fours, started doing an impression of a dog, having found a video of a bulldog on his iPad. Or when he decided he wanted to be a rapper and demonstrated an unfathomable knowledge of the lyrics and works of Stormzy and Tupac.
Baker, 36, recalled: ‘When all that weird stuff was going on, I was in what is called post-traumatic amnesia. I don’t remember anything for probably six weeks.
‘I can remember being in St Moritz, walking around at the start, and the early part of the race. But it is like a safety mechanism. Your brain goes into that mode to look after you. I was in shut-down. The lights were on but no one was at home.
Baker had post-traumatic amnesia had didn't remember anything for six weeks
‘I was saying and doing some strange stuff. It must have been horrific what I put my wife, family and friends through. They must have been