We have entered the birthday season. Leo was 31 yesterday: he and Mini asked Agnes, Ida, Caroline and me to a celebratory breakfast in their smart, modern, central-Cheltenham pad - which didn't feel at all too cramped for the six of us. We were joined via the Skype camera by Mini's parents, just before their bedtime in Japan. Two countries united by a single tune: her father played "Happy Birthday" on his mouth organ and her mother sang the words - in Japanese.
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