Monthly Archives: July 2019

Heat, hospital, holiday for some

Tuesday 22 July 2014 A hot, sunny day. I give Naomi a lift to the GP surgery. The GP arranges an appointment for her to have her eyes tested at the hospital today. I accompany Naomi to the hospital and … Continue reading

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Protuberant in profile

Monday 21 July 2014 At 17:35 or so, Mr and Mrs Eford are standing on the pavement outside the Efords’ house, together with a man aged about thirty and a chubby young blonde woman. They all chat for a while, … Continue reading

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From Escargots to snails

Saturday 19 July 2014 Shortly after 06:00 it is raining. The rain becomes heavier, and then near-torrential. At 08:08 there is mist over the Banlieue. I go shopping at AltGroce, in mist and drizzle. When I return to the Old … Continue reading

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Simeon asks, Belle responds

Friday 18 July 2014 It has been a hot, humid night. At 07:02 I see Mrs Eford and a woman whom I take to be her sister — they are equally obese — by the Efords’ pale blue car which … Continue reading

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Wheeler, Maroon, PP, Lurch, Tanbrit, Trotsky

Thursday 17 July 2014 In the middle of the night, moonlight is streaming through the landing window of the Old Man’s house. The moon is above the right-hand corner of the house adjoining Vinnie’s.

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Fern, Black, PP, Zebex, Ojay, Chummy

Wednesday 16 July 2014 There is a sunny start to the day. Not long after 07:15, a tall man, two little girls and a dog descend past Vinnie’s house. The girls are aged about seven, and four or five. The … Continue reading

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In splendid isolation

Tuesday 15 July 2014 The day starts clear and cloudless. The sun rises beyond number 16; before 07:00, it has disappeared behind clouds. In the bedroom that the Old Man and the Deceased Lady used to sleep in, there is … Continue reading

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Mrs Tanbrit and Naomi

Monday 14 July 2014 In the late morning school-run, Mrs Tanbrit’s car is parked at the kerb alongside the Efords’ house and the house adjoining. Mrs Tanbrit is in the driver’s seat, and Mrs PP is approaching the car with … Continue reading

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Thomas Tanbrit tests the boundaries

Monday 14 July 2014 First thing, the JGs’ washing from yesterday evening is still out on their line. Sunlight is streaming in to the bathroom and landing of the Old Man’s house.

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Panic attack

Sunday 13 July 2014 The day starts moderately bright. At 14:15 I set off for cousin Naomi’s house. She answers the door, wearing a headscarf and holding her forehead with one hand. Soon after I arrive, she is having a … Continue reading

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