The background to these series of posts is in the first three paragraphs of (1), which you can read here.
13. My sister gave birth to my niece Veronica in April 1979,and she has been a source of joy and affection ever since.With her husband Ben she has continued the line and two years ago gave me a great nephew, of whom I’m very proud.
Late 1980's, Argentina
First day at school in England
Veronica's Graduation Day in Aberystwyth,
with my parents either end, myself and John
Veronica and Ben, around their engagement
Their wedding day July 2005
Veronica and Ben's son Duncan
14. In the 80’s we went to a society wedding at which actor Karen Dotrice and comedian Jasper Carrott were present.I was photographed with the former, link here (Pic No. 16). My husband had been at school with the groom and his twin, and their father was at the time Chairman of Birmingham City Football Club.We sometimes had privileged seats at their home games but I have to say this was lost on me, as I don’t find football ‘a beautiful game’ by any stretch of the imagination.Predictably I just wanted to scoff the nice food at half time.
15. The Falklands/Malvinas Conflict, 1982.
For the first time in my life I wept bitterly over a situation which was unconnected to my personal life.It felt as though I had warring parents, both of whom I loved but was powerless to stop.Whatever the rights and wrongs, I still loved them both dearly.I was very familiar with the issues, which are taught in every classroom in Argentina, but my feelings have never wavered:the era of colonialism has passed, for everybody, and they should no more be ‘owned’ by Britain than by Argentina.Clearly the islands lack many basics, so will always be heavily reliant on goods and services from other countries, but they should be left in peace to pursue their lives as they think best.The fact that the inhabitants have British ancestors and lean towards Britain is a result of neglect of the islands by Argentina going back centuries up until some 50 years ago.This is what I feel they should put right, by mending fences with the islanders.
16. My gentle and loving partner John, who came into my life 23 years ago in 1987 and is one of a very small group of people whose unconditional love I trust to be true and long term. In a world full of broken dreams he has been my North star and my safe harbour.