Poor boy

Thursday 1 January 2015

Not long before 06:35, the ruinous bathroom window is dark.
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Mustard, PP, Sweet, Pepper

Friday 19 December 2014

At a few minutes past 07:00, the crescent moon is at low-to-medium elevation above the Banlieue. The sky is clear — but one minute later, a big bank of dark cloud has obscured the moon.
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Two Zeros, too fat

Saturday 29 November 2019

When I set off to visit Naomi, a 64-registration white Zero is nose-in on one of the driveways of the GS family’s house. Ihis car must have replaced their 61-registration black Zero. I saw the new car during my last visit to Peakville, and possibly during the visit before that.
Naomi tells me that Jen and Davey now have a rescue dog called Horowitz — that is the name his former owner(s) chose for him.
I give Naomi a lift to the local small supermarket. We park in front of the supermarket, in the service road that runs along the row of shops. Naomi goes into the supermarket, and I stay in the car. While I am waiting, a black Oignon slowly drives past me in the service road. Its registration-number ends in “02FAT”.

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Pipsqueak pirates

Friday 28 November 2014

The day begins a little misty, and during the early-morning school-run the mist remains.
Mrs Tanbrit has parked alongside the Old Man’s garden-gate, overlapping the front lawn and the front side lawn, and part-way onto the pavement. Slightly uphill of where the Tanbrit Ultra was parked yesterday afternoon, there is a silver Peugeot 307.
When the Tanbrits descend the far pavement towards the school, Mrs Tanbrit is outboard, Thomas is inboard, and Tessa is lagging by a couple of paces.
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Troika Thursday

Thursday 27 November 2014

First thing this morning, it is damp and rather misty.
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Two women in a hurry

Wednesday 26 November 2014

In the early-morning school-run, the Maroon family’s MPV is arriving as the Wheelers are making their way towards the upper entrance of the school.
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Plastic doll, paper bookmark, iron grip

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Not long after 07:55 the Wheelers’ Bonsai is parked alongside number 35. All three of them are are already out of the car. Maud is wearing her red anorak; she descends the far pavement inboard of her mother but close by her side. Josh is further inboard, and is lagging by three or four yards.
Beyond the left-hand side of the school-house roof, a plume of water-vapour is rising.
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Not taking Europe seriously

Monday 24 November 2014

As I drive towards the outskirts of Peakville, on the stretch of fairly level road that leads to the golf club, and past there towards the crossroads at the foot of a hill, “The Final Countdown” is playing on the radio.

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Very very early

Tuesday 11 November 2014

I visit Mr JB at his home this morning. He is enjoying his retirement.
When I am saying goodbye, at 11:30 or thereabouts, an envelope bearing a second-class stamp drops through the letterbox. It contains the first Christmas card Mr JB has received this year, from Mrs AA whom we both used to know in the 1980s. She always was a bit eccentric.

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Tolstoi and tears

Saturday 27 September 2014

I pay Naomi a visit, setting off at about 14:00 and returning at about 17:05.
We discuss a book by George Steiner, and another about Sergei Diaghilev. The former book is Tolstoy or Dostoevsky; Naomi reads out some passages from it, and is moved to tears when she talks about oak-tree imagery as used in War and Peace. She has read that novel in its entirety.

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