Making a date with my 2019 diary

PUBLISHED: 11:12 17 June 2018

It may only be June, but Keith Skipper is already looking forward to starting on his 2019 diary.

It may only be June, but Keith Skipper is already looking forward to starting on his 2019 diary.

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Keith Skipper is already getting his pencils sharpened for his 2019 diary...

I took a giant leap of faith the other day. No, I didn’t bet my life savings on England to win the World Cup. I invested in a small 2019 diary instead.

My next big one can wait until I’ve just about completed comprehensive daily chronicling for this year. A pocket version for next is essential as inquiries about certain dates and possible bookings for all kinds of events start arising.

Yes, I do spend a fair bit of time looking back – and it doesn’t take three decades of living in Cromer to bring that on – but I can find enough room for planning ahead to give a reasonable impression of comprehending more and order.

Wags who keep shops often defy their own advancing years by picking out customers of a certain vintage and offering homely advice like “I’d be careful about buying green bananas if I were you” and “We can cancel your order for long-life batteries any time”.

One of my favourite yarns illustrating the best way of dealing with “getting ancient” jibes features a smart chap from a national television documentary department. He was asking about Lord Nelson’s connections with a certain Norfolk village. He wasn’t making much progress.

Then he saw old Billy sipping his half of mild in the corner of the pub and said rather sarcastically: “Now, Pop, what you can tell me about Nelson? You do remember Nelson, don’t you?”

“Oh, yis,” replied old Billy, “But I’ll tell yer suffin’ for noffin’ … I still liked his father best!” Exit deflated documentary researcher as a beaming landlord carried a fresh half of mild to his most loyal customer.

As that wandering star of an actor Lee Marvin said: “One of the good things about getting older is that you find you’re more interesting than most of the people you meet.” He might have added that people who have most birthdays live the longest.

The sort of encouragement inspired by a new diary on any date.

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