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Talking and writing about the finite nature of life can be the very opposite of morbid. Add to that “doing, diarising and planning” AS THOUGH into infinity.

Whilst anxious in no way to offend those of a settled faith, I would like to add that- as an agnostic- every morning on awakening I light a candle. I speak figuratively: the one time I thought it a good idea to do so in a bedroom I had had to beat out the flames in a bed and breakfast. I say no more about that startling experience which ONLY LATER had had its humorous side. The couple whose home I had -ahem!- slightly re-arranged were remarkably understanding about it.

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