on 9/17/02 4:23 PM, Robin Hamilton at [log in to unmask] wrote:
>> I am 53 if you wish to calibrate
>> 54 next Feb
> I'm 55, 56 next March, which makes almost exactly two years' gap, which
> shouldn't make a difference, but ...
> I occasionally trip up over the age-difference bit with dave bircumshaw.
> dave's about five years younger than me, which at our age +shouldn't+ really
> figure. But ... I was nineteen when the Beatles brought out "Lucy in the
> Sky with Diamonds", when dave would have been fourteen. I used the "Oh, so
> you're called Lucy?" line to try (totally unsuccesfully) to chat up a girl
> at the Edinburgh Festival, when dave would still have been in short
> trousers. My earliest rock memories aren't Elvis but Bill Haley and the
> Comets. I could once tell a mod from a rocker on Brighton Beach. Stuff
> like that.
> Some things are VERY timelocked ...
> But to come back to the two-year difference between you and me -- I grew up
> with OAS/FLN and the whole French colonial catastrophe -- in the early
> sixties, Algeria figured more prominently than Vietnam. Dunno whether that
> two-year gap figures here?
I tend to associate both Algeria & the Resistance with the Great
Vidal-Naquet, but also mix them up with names of restaurants, for some
> +direct+ history, even at second-hand. A middle-aged American signing off
> with TTFN is different. Some nuances are lost, but on the other side
> there's an extra kick -- any mid-fifties male or female Brit +ought+ to
> lock-on to ttfn, but how many Americans ... Staw poll?
I remember it AS a sign-off but not whose--same with 'toodles,' which is
driving me crazy at the mo'--sorry, IN, OVER &OUTTA here, zippy-coded
As my friendly halitosis reminder likes to say, I gotta GO,
A man about something or other--