It astonishes me to think that I can have got so far down the road of life and only now begin to understand the nature of connections. And it astonishes me even more to discover that physical distance has little, if any, effect on them.
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Meanwhile, the lower back pain that started a couple of Fridays ago returned with a vengeance last night, and is still being very troublesome this morning. I’ve never had back problems before, and so it’s interesting to find out just how much they bring you down. I think the motto of the day needs to come from my book The Gift Horse, which describes Paddy as:
‘Down, but never out.’
And so, as Sir Jacob Astley’s famous prayer before the Battle of Edgehill concluded,
‘March on, boys.’