A birthday gathering yesterday for a man born in 1918. To sit and converse with someone whose life has encompassed almost the entirety of modern history is fascinating. It is not the big stuff that is intriguing, anyone can read that in the history books, it is the reminiscences of daily life and events.
The ability to be quiet and to listen has developed greatly in the last quarter century. One day, in 1993, there was a conversation about 1918 in a farmhouse kitchen in Killough in Co Down