Soundings

To see ourselves

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.189 (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:189
  1. Ian Robertson

    We are the guests from hell. Five of us descend on our dapper and meticulous relatives in a blizzard of Sainsbury's plastic bags, strewn crumbs from the journey's sandwiches, and divots of mud smeared across the hall carpet within seconds of arrival. No sooner has the mud been cleaned up, and the unloading of the car begun in earnest, than the handle of an overstuffed bag snaps and, with a wet and sickening crunch, the content of a not-quite-good-enough bottle of Bardolino spreads across the cream, deep-pile carpet with a miraculously vigorous capillary action.

    Amid shrilly giggled apologies, a strangely fixed “Oh don't worry” smile from my brother …

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