There Is a Friend Who Sticks Closer than a Brother"
I've not really introduced any of my friends, apart from Catty and THE BOY. There is also Oscar's Staff (see Oscar's Thought of the day) Oscar and Anonymous, mother of three kitties, prefer to be nameless so they can post cheeky comments. There is a site for Anonymous's Paddy Cat which you can find here.
But here are some of the people I've been friends with for YEARS... literally. I was at a 30th birthday not too long ago, for Emma and Laura aka "The Twins". I've known them since I was about 7 or 8. And they still invite me to stuff. Either they have the patience of a saint or they have amnesia. Which reminds me of a funny story about Douglas Fairbanks Senior. DFS (I DOUBT MOST OF YOU HAVE EVEN HEARD OF HIS MORE FAMOUS SON DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JUNIOR. HE HAD AN AMAZING MOUSTACHE. I AM DETERMINED TO EDUCATE YOUR LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF ANYTHING PRIOR TO 1970. AND TO STOP USING CAPITAL LETTERS).
Anyway, He had a senior moment so to speak, when driving with a companion through the countryside on a scorchingly hot day. He saw a well-dressed man struggling along the dusty road, so he ordered his chauffeur to stop and give the poor man a lift. The man, grateful, greeted D. Fairbanks (Snr) as an old acquaintance. Slightly taken aback, DFS (not to be confused with the eternal double discount sofa dealers, may their cruddy Linda-Barfder stock catch fire and/or damp rot) soon found out that this man not only knew him well, but had also been to his house, as he knew it and the staff well. So they chatted animatedly for a good quarter of an hour, laughing, guffawing and patting each other on the back or whatever well-to-do chaps did in the early 20th century.
It was only when the man got out, that DFS turned to his companion. "You know George, I have no idea who that man was."
George replied: "I thought so, as I was very surprised that you should be so friendly with the butler you fired for stealing your silverware."
All of which has led me to my own senior moment. I can't remember where I was. Oh yes, THE TWINS. (Put in Caps, that looks quite terrifying... they came from Poland... and now they are at a Cinema near you.... THE TWINS. BEWARE). So here's some pictures of their birthday party in December.
Eloise (friend from school and mutual friend of THE TWINS) and her squeeze Graham
Me, my belly and Laura
Laura, Emma, Emma’s husband and their little sister Caroline (foreground)