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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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22. When I’m sixty-four

I am now, of course, of a particular vintage and thus able to see things differently. When I say ‘vintage’ I do not have in mind the word ‘old’. I have in mind a shining Aston Martin of indeterminate years, kept in spectacular condition, or a bottle of 1963 Taylor’s Port.

Having been born in the first month of the first full year of peace after the Second World War, I am finding that, with the passage of time, my views are changing on many things. I am, for example, now set firm in my hatred of all things to do with Christmas. I am deeply critical of almost all elected leaders in business, politics and religion – strongly adhering to Steinbeck’s view that all nations are to be admired while all governments are to be despised. ...

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