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7 The Old Un’s Diary 12 Still With Us Peter Usborne 14 Profitable Wonders James Le Fanu 16 Modern Life What is whiplash? 17 Olden Life What was Mr Drage’s 50 Pay-Way? 18 Waiting for the Bird Ursula Holden 19 Wilfred De’Ath on his medical team 20 The Fall of Tripoli Andrew Hosken 21 Notes from the Sofa Raymond Briggs 22 Whiteboard Jungle Kate Sawyer 25 House Husbandry Giles Wood 26 God… Melanie McDonagh 26 …Mammon Margaret Dibben 27 Fashion Tamasin Doe 28 Pearls of Wisdom Melanie McFadyean 29 Mind the Age Gap Lizzie Enfield 30 Granny Annexe Virginia Ironside 32 Dr Stuttaford’s Surgery Varicose veins; stroke and ARMD 34 Remembering Cap’n Bob Bill Hagerty 37 Superbyw@ys Webster 38 Super Mario Penny Wark 39 Brave New World Jane Thynne 39 Words Diarmaid Ó Muirithe 40 East of Islington Sam Taylor 42 The Soho Literary Festival 45 I Once Met… Angela Brazil 47 Roving Reporter John Sweeney
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DAPHNE BOUTWOOD writes about her 1938 encounter with the author Angela Brazil on page 45. Her own writing career began in 1947 on the Cambridge University newspaper Varsity. She was fashion editor for Woman’sJournal, went on to the SundayTimes, has contributed humorous pieces to Punch, JohnBulland Homesand Gardensand, as Daphne Hope, has written romantic fiction for Woman’s Weeklyand Mills & Boon.
STEPHEN PILE is a retired journalist and has never been happier. He was the founder president of the Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain, which was dedicated to the idea that doing something badly requires far more talent than doing it well. The author of TheBookofHeroicFailures, he has waited a quarter of a century before penning its sequel, TheUltimateBookofHeroicFailureswhich he writes about on page 53.
URSULA HOLDEN was born in 1921, served in the Wrens during the War, and later moved to Ireland. She has published twelve novels, including EndlessRace(1975) TheCloudCatchers(1979) and TinToys(1987). She now lives in a retirement home, continuing to write each day. In the late Sixties, before she became a published author, she met her literary heroine, Jean Rhys: see page 18.
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