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The Last Romantic Out of Belfast

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My grandfather used to ask me why it was that I liked to travel so much. “I went abroad once”, he’d say, “I didn’t like it much”. It wasn’t really surprising – his ‘world tour’ had been entirely funded by the government but seeing South Africa and India en route to the jungles of Burma to fight the Japanese in World War II wasn’t likely to have been the type of experience that he’d want to repeat. Throughout my childhood Grandad was prone to going on and on about the war and my sister and I developed the ability to fake a look of mild interest that would avoid offending him but not encourage him to continue. Like many of his generation, it had been an awful time but was undoubtedly the most interesting thing that happened during his life.

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