Soundings

Old men at play

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7115.1100 (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1100
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

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    Graham, for some reason, had never tried flagellation, but thought he ought to … So he asked around his office—at the Times, actually—and as one would expect got a phone number quite easily. Made an appointment and trailed off to Acton, I think it was, one rainy afternoon. Sadly, the poor girl had just been laid low by the mumps and didn't feel up to even the gentlest whipping. But as it happened she was a keen philatelist—as of course was Graham—so they spent a couple of delightful hours over her stamp album instead … I've no idea whether money changed hands or not. It hardly matters. But how typical of …

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