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“I am old and I’ve been around and have lots of mem­o­ries.

I have been much blessed but like most of us I have made a lot of mis­takes, suf­fered my share of hu­mil­i­a­tions, caused un­fair grief to the in­no­cent and gen­er­ally ballsed up any amount of stuff. Now it was all com­ing back to me.

Some­times you are moored on the side of the cut and you have no fend­ers be­cause they came off at the last lock. When a boat comes by you swing against the side, but not with a thud, with a hard knock that runs up your whole body.

This is how the mem­o­ries were re­turn­ing – my men­tal fend­ers had gone and I was crash­ing against the fol­lies of my past.”

Nar­row Dog to Wi­gan Pier by Terry Dar­ling­ton is pub­lished by Ban­tam, priced £9.99.

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