Category Archives: Rewritten

Mrs England and the pleasures of learning

Sunday 21 October 2012 I chat with Mrs England, who is involved with XYZ pre-school. She has twins aged 9 (a boy and a girl), and a son aged 4. She reckons that there is too much pressure and competition … Continue reading

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People from prosperous enclaves

Saturday 20 October 2012 Today, eight of us go for a walk in the countryside near Celtic Cross. Mr VM can’t join us — he is abroad on business.

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How long does it take to say “No”?

Friday 5 October 2012 Today I phone the repair-shop where cousin Naomi’s TV has been languishing since the middle of August. When the TV broke down, it was two days out of guarantee. The repair-shop contacted the European HQ of … Continue reading

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Four or five children

Sunday 30 September 2012 Mrs Scalene introduces me to her grandchildren Mark and Claire. Although Claire is 3 and Mark is 5, she is almost as tall as he is. Mark recently lost a front tooth when he knocked it … Continue reading

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TV, teapot, tablets and bananas

Wednesday 26 September 2012 In line with what we have arranged, I call on cousin Naomi this afternoon. On arrival, I tell her that I’ve just heard on the car radio that Andy Williams has died. I have been expecting … Continue reading

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Conversation, 1967

Shortly after the pound sterling was devalued in 1967, the Old Man said to the Deceased Lady and myself: “In this country, we’re enjoying a standard of living that we’re not earning.” Some things have changed, but… [Original posting 20 … Continue reading

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Nights drawing in

Friday 7 September 2012 Today is our fifth sunny day in a row. Just after 08:00, the whole front façade of the school-house, and the front of its roof and chimney, are bathed in sunlight. A little after 08:15, a … Continue reading

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Heavy load (of mowing)

Thursday 6 September 2012 At 06:53, all four windows in the BE are still shut.

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Three trips

Wednesday 5 September 2012 At 07:26 a black coupé, which has arrived from the direction of Cypress Crescent, parks two-thirds onto the pavement just below the upper entrance. A woman gets out of the driver’s door; she is wearing a … Continue reading

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No tears this time

Tuesday 4 September 2012 Today is the first day of the autumn term at Acacia Primary — though the staff were of course there yesterday.

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