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    https://members.tortoisemedia.com/20...hd2-FkgZU9zs6A

    This is a great piece of writing on a middle age man experiences health crisis theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyL View Post
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    This is a great piece of writing on a middle age man experiences health crisis theme.
    Dan, this is bloody brilliant, thanks!

    Not that I was confined to my ward. In a convenient Bedknobs and Broomsticks touch, my bed was able to travel all over the world: to a home in Malaysia for a quite delicious meal; a New York hotel off Times Square; a pleasant house party in Brighton; a Monaco-themed bistro in Chelsea; a Sealink ferry, where (details, details) the medical staff had company logos on their lanyards; a Star Wars memorabilia store in Turin; and more seriously a board reception to celebrate the successful creation of the first tranche of merchandising for the series. It was fun to be wheeled among the television grandees in my bed, glad-handing studio bosses and money men.

    The only potential glitch in these travels was that, one evening, I was kidnapped by Class War, who spirited me off to one of their safe houses, fed me beans on toast and, after an interesting ideological discussion about the internal contradictions of capitalism, drove me back. Charming people. Badly misrepresented in the media, I concluded.
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    It's great isn't it? It reminded me of when you have utterly convincing dreams, so much so that you're really confused (or disturbed) when you wake up.

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    Some people are already born dead.

    The obsession with being/staying young has always puzzled me.

    You could of course always go the plastic surgery route and get one of those joker faces that look like dead masks.

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    I didn't realise you guys were all this old (no offence).

    I feel quite old already and I'm 34. But then I think I've been depressed in one way or another since I was a teenager.

    There's definitely more and more of a sense of possibilities disappearing in the rear view mirror. A loss of energy, too.

    I think me not getting married or having kids or whatever plays into this because I don't feel like I'm doing what I'm "supposed" to be doing at my age. It's a bit like that feeling you get when you're the only person left at a party. Only without the fun.

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    But when you're not in Greece you're always at weddings, Corpse. That can't help!

    I don't think I'm obsessed with being young, I'm just not into the reality of physical decline. I'm not waging jihad against age.

    I wasn't born dead. Mildly comatose, maybe?

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    I remember a friend locking herself in a toilet cubicle in Luton Bus Station after downing a bottle of white cider on her 18th birthday,threatening to immolate herself with a cigarette lighter and violently sobbing "I CAN'T BE THE DANCING QUEEN ANYMORE". She knew the score.

    Being a delusional halfwit, I held out hope a bit longer, until I failed to qualify for the Young Persons Railcard, but the gig was well and truly up before that. Enjoy your 40s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    Some people are already born dead.
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    So far my 40s have been the decade in which increasing numbers of people have unaccountably treated me as if I know what I'm talking about. Whiteness, maleness, educated manner of speaking all doubtless contribute significantly to this.

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    I like to think there will be some correspondence between my social role as a figure of wisdom and maturity and my actual state of knowledge for another decade at least, after which overrated old-dufferdom surely beckons.

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    I shalln't care. I will be an inveterate old troll, obstructing and exasperating the young to the best of my abilities. It will form their characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin View Post
    I remember a friend locking herself in a toilet cubicle in Luton Bus Station after downing a bottle of white cider on her 18th birthday,threatening to immolate herself with a cigarette lighter and violently sobbing "I CAN'T BE THE DANCING QUEEN ANYMORE". She knew the score.
    ^excellent material for the 'martin anecdote text generator' I'm currently writing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    I think me not getting married or having kids or whatever plays into this because I don't feel like I'm doing what I'm "supposed" to be doing at my age.
    don't let it worry you, corpse. I was considerably older than you are when I got married, and we're happily childless. life's not prefect but it's pretty good.

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    I'm not into this. What age does it stop being possible to have sex? 43? 44?

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