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Hi Mike (oops Ian). And my name is not Ethel!

I wondered why Mike walked silently by when I spoke to him at a Christmas bash last week – I called out the wrong name, I should have said Ian! I’m normally good with names, unlike Bryan Appleyard, who becomes readily fixated by ties, agonised expressions, architectural details, stony silences, dentistry, canapes, shoes, carpets – anything, in fact, but words and names. My...
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