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Tuesday, 12 March 2019


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One time, I forgot my wife's birthday, a no-no in a marriage, but it happened. It's odd what we remember and damned annoying when we forget other, more important, stuff.

I remember very clearly that, in 1980, a man called Dennis Buckley was crowned Milkman of the Year. I have no idea why that nugget has stayed with me, but it has. It is of no use to me. It is not important. I don't know Dennis Buckley and his name is unlikely to surface on The Chase or in a pub quiz. It is rock-bottom trivia. But there it is occupying a tiny space in my head. I will never forget Dennis.

Once I read that the name for a handleless coffee/tea cup holder is a zarf. In the old days, when we would get our hot drinks from an office machine, a thin plastic cup would drop down and fill up. The cup would then be placed in a zarf to avoid scalded fingers. These days, the equivalent is the cardboard sleeve from a coffee shop.

The plastic or metal bit at the end of a shoelace is an aglet.

I have never ever had cause to use either of these words in conversation and I doubt I ever will, unless someone wants to discuss this blog post.

From 60 years ago, I remember my mother's Co-op divvy number - 182883, yet I hesitate sometimes when about to enter a PIN number in a shop.

And let's not forget the power of advertising. (I promise you I am not using search engines to verify this stuff. It's logged in my cranium!)

'We love to eat Kennedy's bread.
It's hard to beat Kennedy's bread.
It's quite a treat, Kennedy's bread.
J. B. Kennedy's bread, it's the best.'

'There's all-round goodness in a Farley's rusk.'

'Opal Fruits, made to make your mouth water,
fresh with the tang of citrus,
four refreshing fruit flavours -
orange, lemon, strawberry, lime.'

'Fray Bentos means lean meat.'

'Boom, boom, boom, boom,
Esso Blue.'

'Ding, dong, Denny.'

Not forgetting Jim Figgerty and his fig rolls, and a ton of other nonsense.

Memory. A funny old game.

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