Category Archives: Episodes 51-60

#60 – Cotswold espionage

You can take the girl out of England, but you’ll never take England out of the girl. It’s home, and always will be. At least, that’s what I thought until Oliver and I land at a major British airport at … Continue reading

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#59 – Fanning the flames

Somehow, I manage to get away from that hideous coffee morning. As I drive, I automatically answer Jack’s questions about the finer details of Ironman’s personal habits — “I have no idea how he goes to the bathroom. No, I … Continue reading

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#58 – Careless whispers

OK. Let’s do this. My finger hovers over the doorbell for a couple of seconds before I push the button. Inside, a torrent of barks from Anita’s dog, Champion, reminds me of the morning at this house, nearly a year … Continue reading

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#57 – Coming clean

“And then what happened?” Maggie tops up our glasses with Rioja. “Did he tell you all about his bigamist father and you said, ‘That’s fine, sweetheart’ and everything was tickety-boo between you again?” Maggie’s summary isn’t incorrect, but it goes … Continue reading

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#56 – Falling up

I’m trapped in a dream and am falling, falling, falling, towards a pit of boiling lava. It serves me right, I tell myself in my dream, for believing pink satin pointe shoes would be appropriate attire in which to climb … Continue reading

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#55 ½ – Oliver’s story

Oliver: I ring the doorbell, and after a couple of seconds the door opens. “You took your time,” she says. “It doesn’t take fifteen minutes to get here.” “Diversion to the liquor store.” I hold out a bottle of Pinot … Continue reading

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#55 – Dark secrets

The babies are in bed. They have been bathed, fed, patted, soothed, and tucked up for the night. After protesting at similar treatment at a too-early hour, Jack is also away for the night. I sit in the gradually darkening … Continue reading

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#54 ½ – Maggie’s story

Maggie: Sara, my daughter, would laugh at the situation. “You, keep quiet?” she’d scoff. “You, mind your own business? Who are you, and what have you done with my mother?” At least, I think that’s what she’d say. I don’t … Continue reading

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#54 – Opening the cocoon

There’s probably a word for it in the Complete Oxford English Dictionary. An obscure word that only makes an appearance on Radio 4 game shows. Something like: Tri-gami-matri-tace-filial (noun, Old English) — the silence of a son regarding his mother’s … Continue reading

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#53 – Preserved on tape

I stare at the dark computer screen, wondering if my overactive imagination is misleading me. Only one way to find out. An imagination doesn’t mislead twice. Not in the face of hard facts from a digital camera. I hit “Play” … Continue reading

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