, 2022-06-24 03:30:57,
1 IT ANNOYS ME WHEN PEOPLE ATTRIBUTE WORDS AND BEHAVIOUR TO THE DEAD. They tell me John [Thaw] would have been proud of, or would have enjoyed, or would have said such and such. The thing that I loved most about my husband in life was that I never knew how he would react or what he would do. That is why in 30 years I never tired of him.
2 IT SHOULD BE A QUALIFICATION FOR MARRIAGE THAT EVERYONE MUST LEARN THE TASKS THEIR PARTNER DOES IN A RELATIONSHIP. Then when one dies the other is not completely unable to cope with the bills, the cooking, changing a light bulb or doing the ironing or whatever.
3 IT’S A MYTH THAT PEOPLE GET WISER AS THEY GET OLDER. One of the worst things about old age is when you see things happening in the world, like war in Europe, that you hoped would never happen again. We don’t learn from our mistakes. I don’t. I have known for years my bathroom tiles get slippery when wet and I have been meaning to get a rubber mat. Three months ago I fell and broke my wrist. I still have not bought a mat. Wise?
4 WE UNDERESTIMATE CHILDREN’S CAPACITY TO LOVE LANGUAGE. With their rap, street talk and performance poetry they are experimenting with words. Yet we sometimes cut and bowdlerise Shakespeare to make it ‘clearer’. I did a sonnet class with some kids from the White City estate in West London and they loved it so much they asked to do one of his plays. And when I was artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare tour, after we’d done one workshop with schoolchildren and they’d seen the shows, I swear to God there was not one child who didn’t end up relishing Shakespeare as much as I do.
5 I AM IRKED BY PRODUCTS THAT ADVERTISE THEMSELVES AS REJUVENATING, ANTI-AGEING, AS IF OLD AGE WERE SOME DREADFUL DISEASE. I don’t remember…
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