Ways to make you age - well they're countless really, though here's one I hadn't come across before. A 19 -year-old told me he'd  met another old guy  like me the other day. Quite interesting he said, as if he'd just discovered another species. To him we probably  are.

How to explain that as a youth, as we walked, yes walked home from a date under dim streetlighting, we had the glory  of stars and the Milky Way to look at. Another endangered species now that powerful artificial lighting is so ubiquitous?

Being an old guy has its advantages.

For sale – sort of

The old bloke lived in an equally ancient villa in Mt Albert. It was, like him, in need of loving care – or that’s what we felt when he opened the door, bewhiskered and a little dazzled by the sudden light.

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