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Growing old digitally

My birthday was marked in a way that wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago: 78 greetings via Facebook; one ecard; an email; a what’s app message; and two text messages. I also received a parcel via Amazon, and an … Continue reading

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The Best Kind of Birthday

Birthdays always fell a little short of special when I was a child. My sister was born a year and three days after me and so my mother would invest in one packet of candles, bake two cakes, and make … Continue reading

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And Uncle Tom Cobleigh and All

The appearance of cherries is pleasing and I like their slight tendency to sourness. In texture though, for all that they claim to be soft fruits, they are more like a very lean meat. It is their substance that makes cherries … Continue reading

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Fabulous Over Fifty

I drove home with the back seat filled with birthday balloons. The balloons were a gift from Gretel who also took me out for dinner. We went to Sakura where the chef prepares steak, chicken, shrimp and/scallops in front of you, … Continue reading

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A Birthday Gift for Doris Brazil

Dear Doris, I have thought of you a number of times in the last few weeks and am sorry I haven’t written until now. I have a sneaking fear I have missed your big birthday, not least because I received … Continue reading

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The Boss’s Big Birthday

Good cheer and some community singing this week at Transparency Towers as the team gathered to celebrate the CEO’s 65th birthday. The Director of Operations, ever direct and to the point, asked if he had availed himself of cut-price movie tickets, … Continue reading

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Last night’s dinner

In celebration of Freddie’s birthday, a delicious meal of scallops with chili jam, cod baked with mayonnaise and marjoram, asparagus and sauted bok choy. We ate the rhubarb crumble before we had a chance to grab a close up.

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The Silent G: Why the Crone is just not having gnats

The Crone came home from her vacation to find that gnats or fruit flies have set up shop in her bathroom. There is evidence of them in the kitchen too, and in the futility room (so called because no matter … Continue reading

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