Albeit having been a privilege, a must, or whatever. NO. I haven't just recieved the telegram from HM. I still have a few years to go. Thinking back over my life. I can remember being a little tot in school. I was five years old and the second world war had just ended. Strange really when thinking about it. Here I was, as a tiny tot on the threshold of learning. Hey! I'm five years old. Don't you know that. Science etc has discovered that in the first five years of life, a child actually learns more than he/she will learn in the rest of their life. Today I often make the claim to having a photographic memory. I can remember scenes of the last war, in glorious technicolor. I can even remember many of my court cases as a cop. Back to school as an infant. I remember in the afternoon, we all had to lie down on camp beds and have a sleep. Time swiftly passed, infants to junior school. Now life started to become interesting. Hey my friends and neighbours weren't the only ones on planet earth. England wasn't the only country. WOWEE! Truly I love this life. I loved learning, studying and researching. Me tiny , mortal man. Here I could stand amid shelves forest like collections of books, books that contained the recordings of many great persons before me. I grew older and took up the eternal pattern of marriage, parenthood and the like. My passion for learning continued and often increased. I built up a fine library. Now I like so many of the worlds populus. I have a problem, relating to plants and gardening. Hey Ho Silver! No problem. The new era of technolology is here. A few click here and there and. Whazz Bang Wallop. Here's all you need to know. Back to school. The teacher asks. 9x12 =. In past times many tiny brains set to work. 5nine are 45. 7 nines are 63. Now kids are allowed to use computers etc. What happens when the power is cut offfffffffffffff? OK I use the internet a lot for research simply for speed. I still value the printed word.