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Spalding sense

6 October 2009

5.30am. Friday. My mobile phone cheerfully comes to life with a tune that, in other circumstances, one could dance to. Shortly afterwards the alarm clock joins in, except that no dance has yet been devised to the tune of pip pip pip, pip pip pip. Both phone and clock are on the other side of the bedroom. That is because this is a ‘must wake up’ situation. It is not an option to press the snooze button.

I have to go to Spalding for an inquest. It would have been more than my life was worth to miss it or arrive late. So, why is this the first time the name of that Fenland market town has graced the pages of SJ for more than six years (according to the search engine on the website)?

Wind the clock forward a couple of days. It has become a tradition in our family that lazy Sunday mornings are to be spent in bed with the Sunday paper and a cat on the quilt.

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