Tag Archives: 2009

December Sunday: missing items

There were two things that could not be found that weekend: the kitchen scissors, and the old address-book. The Old Man has a new address-book, but he has never transcribed most of the information in the old book to the … Continue reading

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December Sunday: bonuses

Bankers’ bonuses are currently in the news, along with proposals for a surtax on them. The Old Man had gained the impression that, at present, bankers’ bonuses were not subject to income-tax. [Original posting 21 December 2009]

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December Sunday: cinema

The Old Man remembers that in his schooldays he went to see Laurel and Hardy’s talking films at the cinema, but he cannot remember seeing any of their silent films then. [Original posting 20 December 2009]

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December Saturday: protests

We were watching Sky News. The Old Man asked me about a caption on the screen: “What’s that, ‘RACIST PROTESTS’?” “No, Dad, ‘FASCIST PROTESTS’.” [Original posting 19 December 2009]

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December Saturday: the note

The Old Man had left a little note, in Mrs CJ’s handwriting, on the computer-table. He said he had received the note just recently. It read: Dear Mr Oldman, As I said here is our telephone number 555555 should you … Continue reading

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December Saturday: who?

I asked the Old Man whether he had put his bin out to be emptied on the Friday. He said not. That afternoon, I picked up a piece of rubbish from the drive, and went to put it into the … Continue reading

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December Saturday: Bert’s

At Bert’s, only Junior (i.e. the younger man) Tall Woman and Short Woman were behind the counter. The quality of the fish and chips was as good as ever. [Original posting 16 December 2009]

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December Saturday: bendroflumethiazide

The Old Man had, unexpectedly, run out of bendroflumethiazide a week earlier. I collected a fresh prescription for him. When I checked the old box of bendroflumethiazide, there was a bubble-pack in it that still contained two tablets. This left … Continue reading

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Unexpected knowledge

As I was leaving home one day, Mrs Nearneighbour asked me about the Old Man. I was surprised that she remembered so much about someone that she has never met. [Original posting 14 December 2009]

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Repeat performance

Four days after he went to bed too early, the Old Man did it again. When I phoned him at 6:30pm, he sounded tired. I tried to contact him later, for his evening medication, but there was no reply. I … Continue reading

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