“You haven’t changed a bit, Susie!” says Nick.
“Thank you, but I have.” She runs a hand briefly over her still-lustrous dark hair as if brushing off any particles of insincere praise that might have adhered there. “But John looks like David Bowie.”
“David Bowie with cancer,” I retort. Some laughter round the table, but also a couple of shocked faces. Do we joke about cancer?
(Chez Helmer, we certainly do. It’s what got us through the last two years while my wife Kate was being treated – successfully, and doing fine now, thank you very much – as regular readers of this column will know.)
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