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The aunt from hell

Did you ever have a relation that really, really embarrassed you, that did something absolutely ghastly, and didn’t even realize it? You may have, but certainly no one can embarrass you like relations can! I had a great aunt who lived in Brook Street in Mayfair and my mother and aunt took it in turns […]

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Did she say that?

How many times have you heard someone say something that is really out of place and just plain dumb? I have a cousin who has now been married six times and has got a couple of unused marriage licenses as well! A few years ago I was invited by her mother to come to a […]

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Goo

I have come across a lot of slightly odd people in my life, some of whom have interesting and different backgrounds, however “Goo” probably takes the cake.    “Goo”, whom I always thought of as “Gou” when I was young was Romanian, in fact he was a younger son of a Romanian noble. Basically he […]

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Solitary play

After the First World War my grandfather had to return to the Malay states, and spent some years on another plantation, but on this occasion had my grandmother and their children with him.    Things were entirely more civilized on this occasion, and they had houseboys, (under indenture) one of whom was called Ah Gee […]

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Five years in a pentacle

   When I was at school I lived in a very unusual building, it was completely round both on the outside, and on the inside, where there was a circular courtyard. In the middle of this courtyard there was a whipping post, where in times past you could tie up you horse. Its nature was […]

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How the times change!

I had an uncle who was a bit of a lad, not quite a tearaway, but someone who didn’t always behave in the manner expected. My grandfather was very well off, so he had access to a reasonable amount of funds. One of the things he did with those funds was gamble. In Casinos. That […]

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Speaking in tongues

   This is a very belated answer to the question I got occasionally when I was young, which was “What did your daddy do in the War?” At the time I could only answer “He was in the Navy” And that was about all I could tell anyone, for the simple reason that that was […]

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Giving the finger

I had a great uncle, whom had had a very diverse set of life paths, from soldiering, to the stage, to being a couturier, and finally being involved in – you guessed it – gambling! It is indeed odd that there is so much connection to gambling floating around my family.    You, who know what […]

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The disconsolate widow

   It was just a few years before the turn of the century, and a middle aged American lady was cruising around the islands just south of the Japans. The word was that the Yacht had been her husband’s, and that he had recently died, leaving her the yacht and a considerable amount of money. […]

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