Brendan and his siblings would watch cult TV classic The Prisoner with their dad in the late ’60s and this toy car reminds him of those times. “We didn’t have a clue what was going on, but the car was nice. Typical of my mother to have preserved the box!” he laughs.
He says his mother was a very practical person – and good with technology, having trained as a radiographer in Ireland in the early ’50s (one of the first women to do so). “She gave me this when I left home. Inside the hammer is a screwdriver and inside that another little hammer, etc. It still comes in handy.”
Reading materials with so much meaning
Brendan recalls picking up The Guardian newspaper one Saturday in May 2000 and reading an amusing article by a girl he’d met at a wedding six years earlier but hadn’t seen since. He had the gall to write to her. Subscribe to see if his ultimate chat up line worked out.
His book, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow also reminds him of a special time in his past. Bellow’s story of a young man finding his way in America in the early ’50s struck a chord when he read it in in his early 20s – a time when he felt immortal and like he could do anything.
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