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  1. happy Birthday Noel

    β€œWe shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.
    Through the unknown, remembered gate
    When the last of earth left to discover
    Is that which was the beginning;
    At the source of the longest river
    The voice of the hidden waterfall
    And the children in the apple-tree
    Not known, because not looked for
    But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
    Between two waves of the sea.”

  2. Thanks, Kurt.

    Very fine. Yes, the beginnings and the end.

    “There was a Birth, certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I have seen birth and death, But had thought they were different; this Birth was Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.”

    or, more prosaically,

    The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.

  3. Happy birthday Noel. Hope you’re having a good one.

    Was it a good or bad thing having a birthday so close to Christmas when you were young?

  4. Yes, hope you had a Happy Birthday Noel. I guess for a child it can be a blessing and a curse. You can get treated specially as its your birthday too, but you can also feel cheated as the Day is just about your birthday and you can feel that you have been robbed of having 2 present days as most children have.

    Anyway, its a good job our Noel wasn’t borh the day before. Boys can feel a bit uncomfortable going through life with the name Eve πŸ™‚

  5. //Boys can feel a bit uncomfortable going through life with the name Eve //

    I had to live with the annual joke that I was the only Christmas present my mother ever received that she wasn’t able to bring back when the shops opened again.

    Generally, Dave, it was good. The festive season and spirit carries on till NYEve and people are still in the mood for giving and for celebrating etc. It also makes it easy to remember. My sister had a BD in November and it was always being forgotten.

    There was also the added benefit that the stores were closed and, after forgetting to get something in the Christmas rush, people had to resort to cash presents to hide their embarrassment. There was never any free money in our house, and I can still remember the delightful feel of real banknotes in your hand, and all yours.

    Thanks for the good wishes, both of you.

  6. Of course, I have a friend from Clare over here whose birthday is Christmas Eve, guess what his name is?

    Happy belated birthday, Cunning Noel.

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