Saturday, 3 February 2018

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow


The ballet Giselle, was mighty fine as we no doubt expected and as always the WILLIES provided terrific value for money. 
Now for those that perhaps don't know, the Wilis are ghosts of the dead. Spurned women from doomed love affairs who inhabit the forests of Bavaria looking for men to exact their revenge on. 
The Corps de ballet at the Royal Opera House give the Wilis a precision and the visual delight of one of the ever changing clouds of Starlings once so common in the British countryside. They literally move as one, and their veiled entrance at the beginning of act two is a theatrical delight second to non.
Anyhow enough about willies !

We stayed the night in a very comfortable hotel in Bloomsbury, where I slept all night uninterrupted by bulldog feet, terrier scratching and the Prof's early morning iPad glare. There is noting quite like a long sleep in a comfy bed. 
I dreamt I was buying hats with Sandra Bullock 
Freud sort that one out, if you please.

Anyhow , as usual I am digressing.
I share with you now the fact that my hair is thinning. 
I only noticed it the other day when I took off my beanie after 24 hours solid wear. 
I've always had thick brown hair now although still here and others may have noticed anything drastic, I have noticed it has changed perceptively 
Now it's flecked with grey and feels like the mane hair of a pony

I look like my dad.
He didn't go bald, just a bit thin and it came as a bit of a shock to realise that my usually unruly mop is turning Gently South like the rest of me.
The Prof is practically bald and wears a jaunty hat to complete is usually natty ensemble. 
I may have to stick to my beanie to keep the wolf from the door.

I'm typing this on the train home. The Prof is on the next table across, his work spread out , his laptop busy. Opposite is an Asian couple. She has just caught me looking at her husband and has given me a hard stare.
I wasn't ogling him.
I was looking at his thick black hair........
......with envy.

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  1. Hooray for nights in lovely hotel beds!
    less hooray for unwelcome aging!

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  2. Did you take that pic? It's haunting. It's a lot worse when you're a woman with thinning hair, trust me!

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    1. No I didn't but I wish I had... having twenty odd Corps de ballet moving as one animal is a wonderful sight

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  3. "I dreamt I was buying hats with Sandra Bullock
    Freud sort that one out, if you please."
    Clearly this dream was stimulated by balding. Many bald men like to hide their baldness with hats. The presence of Sandra Bullock is simply a reference to the bullocks that graze near your lane and greet you and the dogs with bullocky bellowing.

    By the way, purely for fashion reasons, you should consider dumping the beanie in favour of a smart tweed trilby like the one that Harry Worth used to wear.

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    1. Harry worth always looked seventy!!!

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    2. So what's your point?

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    3. I look old enough as it is

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  4. The Jehovah's just knocked on my door as I was reading this. Made me feel all of a judder. I wondered what the willies were. Now I know.

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    1. There is nothing worse than being frightened by a willy

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    2. Baboom!

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  5. You could have your head tattooed to give an illusion of hair! I was joking when I thought this but googled it and it is an actual thing!!! :)

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    1. Thats helpful ...not!

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    2. I have a friend with this. I have photos!

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  6. I just noticed that Yorkshire Pudding repeated some of your words in inverted commas in his comment and then proceeded to comment on them. This is a habit of Ursula. Do you think he is Ursula, or that he is subconsciously copying her and she is infiltrating your readers due to so much exposure?

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    1. No I think he is just Yp no one else has such a bad sense of humour

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    2. Now you've mentioned the U WORD ...I'm in enough trouble already

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    3. Ursula doesn't have a sense of humour at all, just a sense of superiority.

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    4. Darn! Now you've done it

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    5. I'll be the one who cops it.

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    6. U have a death wish

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    7. How far have you got?

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    8. Using inverted commas for direct quotations is the correct thing to do whoever you are.

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    9. Of course it is. That was not the point.

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    10. Well what was the point then?

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    11. Ursula has this trait in comments. It sounded like I was reading one of hers and then I looked up and saw your name. I thought this was clear in my comment. Must try harder.

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    12. Who the hell is Ursula?

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    13. John was right about your sense of humour.

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    14. I think he was being ironic x

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    16. Nick she has upset a few people I care for and I am not sure she actually understands why? I let her comment here recently because she played nicely and was an interesting commentator...but she does has a habit of monopolising other people's blogs....like yours very recently

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    17. And a respite is all it will be Nick. When she says over and over to me "I will leave you alone, I won't be back" she reappears one day as if it never happened with the same old same old.

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    18. Rachel, yes, she does the same to me. She's jilted me several times only to reappear after a suitable interval.

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  7. I had started thinning top front according to my hairdresser. Then suddenly it started growing back! All my life I have had very thick long brown hair...enough hair for three people. If it thins again and it's noticeable I'm getting a hairpiece! Pure white as that's my color now.

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    1. I may be going white slowly

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    2. I always had thick dark hair but now I'm grey & it's thinner I sometimes clip a grey fringe on or even a grey or blonde wig & I just love it x

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    3. Good for you!!!!

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  8. busted! bet the animals were happy to see you!

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    1. Not home yet AM still on the train , ten minutes from home

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  9. The best we can do is be honest about it. We are not 29 any longer, and as men mature, some of us thin a bit on top. I know someone who wears an expensive whig and thinks no one notices, EVERYONE notices, then there is the big orange comb-over - shudder.

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    1. If. Looked like Trump I'd repeated smash my head into a wall

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    2. Or someone would do it for you.

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  10. Bloomsbury is my favourite area of London. We've stayed there twice now.
    There's something about a man in a hat. Usually a town version of an Indiana Jones (but not a beanie, I'm afraid). The sight does usually cause me to catch my breath.

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    1. I like that part of town , museum city

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  11. Oh *sigh* I've just lived the ballet through your post. xx

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  12. As long as you steer clear of a comb over we will all still love you, even if there is more hair growing out of your ears and nose than on your head. ;-)

    It now takes me almost as long to trim the ear and periphery hair on Alan than it does to do his head!!

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    1. I eyebrows also oook like furry caterpillars

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  13. Here's another "household" hint for you: a medication I had to take sent me into a drastic hair shed. I've always been known for my long, thick hair, so it was quite upsetting. Fortunately, I had so much hair that it all still looked normal to anyone but me except right at the hairline, which receded a bit on one side and developed one very thin area which was noticeable, and I was horribly self-conscious about it. I bought some Toppik, which is little fibers that cling to your own hairs, and guess what? it works!! It was miraculous - in just a few seconds I shook it over that small area and, voila, it looked 100% better. Changed my mood in a flash. You can also buy a matte powder eyeshadow in the color of your hair and apply it with a brush directly to your scalp to help disguise small thin areas (I even use an espresso colored one to cover the gray at my part in between colorings). But you are right about the changing texture - gray hair is coarser, and there's nothing to be done about that, unfortunately :(

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    1. I thought toppic was a chocolate bar

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  14. Just wanted to say that you might not be doing yourself any favours wearing a hat for long periods of time .... hair doesn't like that. Maybe you need to give your head a bit more air !! XXXX

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    1. Good point well made

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    2. Good point, maybe true to slow thinning but does not cause it. My brothers and myself all wear hats 365 days of the year and we all have thick hair.

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  15. I had no idea of the willies-I've led quite a sheltered life I think.The lady on the train possibly sensed her husbands eyes were wandering.There were some fetching gents wooly hats with knitted hair & beards attached online-I thought they were good fun x

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    1. I'm sorry I don't know how to-I just typed in-Wooly hat with knitted hair & beards x

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  16. I stare at men's hair, too, and I'm sure people think I'm staring for other reasons. My father started to go bald in his 20s. Mine took longer but has reached the same conclusion. I'm told bald men are sexy. I'm told that by my husband who still has all his hair! I wouldn't mind "just a bit thin."

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    1. My husband started to go bald in his 20s. Now he shaves it all off, and it looks good on him. I actually like bald men with shaved heads...they're virile and sexy! :D

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  17. I started to go grey in my early thirties. I remember picking my mother in law up from the airport and she, tactfully, said "Graham you've gone grey!". I was also very indignant when young cash register operators would give me senior discount.

    I was in one store with my wife and they asked to see ID to prove she was old enough to buy wine. Indignantly I asked why they never asked for my ID and the reply was "We can see how old you are.".

    Ouch.

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    1. On some men like yourself it looks distinguish, on me it makes me look old

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  18. Sound like you had a wonderful break in London. Your black hair envy made me smile.
    My hair is growing and it looks like I am wearing a white spiky porcupine on my head, a big change from short brown bob-cut I used to have.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Men balding at the back of their head are very sexy. Men balding only in the front are great thinkers. But men who are completely bald think they're sexy.
      X

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    2. Greetings Maria. I think you have covered all bases there

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  19. Glad you enjoyed the ballet and it didn't get cancelled this time!

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  20. To take Simone's idea of tattooing a bit further.......Have rabbits tattooed on your head, from a distance they'll look like hares!

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  21. From Sandy Wilson's 'The Boy Friend' - (sings):-

    All I want is a ROOM
    in BLOOMsbury,
    Just a ROOM that will do.

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    1. I'd love a house, a large Georgian house in Bloomsbury

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  22. A body building shampoo and conditioner will help a fair bit with what's left John....look up Nissim online.....

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  23. Well, as I tell my wife when the subject of my hair loss comes up, is simply "I can't see it from where I sit".

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  24. Must have been a beautiful sight to see the troupe moving in unison like that.

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    1. It brought a lump to the throat

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  25. Anonymous2:52 pm

    Something to do in the cold wintry evenings sat by the fire. A new hobby perhaps. How about replacing the beanie with a handmade crocheted Wolly hat.(made by JG ) A bit drafty mind. but the hairs on your head will appreciate being able to breath in the fresh air and reward you with loyalty by staying put on your head. Just a thought.

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    1. Or just keep the beanie on 24/7

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  26. I bought some Avalon organics thickening conditioner because it was on the sale rack and I love it! It's a nice product and it does seem to do something which makes the hair seem a bit more lush. I tell you- try being a woman whose main beauty her entire life was her hair and who suddenly realizes that she's losing that as well every other thing she was once even remotely proud of.

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    1. Anonymous3:13 pm

      I agree, Ms. Moon! The front of my hair is definitely thinner. I had an episode of alopecia areala ,actually two, and the spots where I lost hair have never been the same. I was told by a dermatologist to use Rogain for men because it was stronger.
      (Love to read your blog, btw.)
      Debbie

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    2. Avalon ? Avon ? I kind of know what you mean about aging. My head/hair is still on the bottles of certain shampoos :)

      I modeled for advertising agencies, shampoo and hair products were one of the accounts ..

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    3. Check out my comment above about easy ways to disguise small areas of thinning hair :)

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  27. I have seen Giselle performed by the Royal Ballet, the American Ballet and the NY City Ballet .. and I could see it again and again.
    The music at the part of the ballet when she does that on toe hop sort of step .. rips your heart out :)

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  28. Anonymous3:23 pm

    I wanted to go see Baryshnikov when he was near us. The tickets were sold out in minutes so i’ve never been to a ballet. This sounds lovely! I’ll remember the Willies!
    Debbie

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  29. Definitely no "combover"...remember Gregor Fisher in "The Baldy Man" ? Evey comber-over should be made to watch it!

    glad you enjoyed the ballet.I'm trying to remember the last time I went to live ballet...Ballet Rambert, (now just Rambert)at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton in the 60s.

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    1. Get yer arse into geek and go see one

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  30. Back in the late 70's I was a dental hygienist in an office where my husband was one of the dentists. I was cleaning the teeth of this guy who was really creepy. The kind of guy that got a kick out of sexual innuendo. He didn't know the dentist was my husband so he started to joke about my husband's thinning hair on top. With a smirk he said, "Maybe he's been overdoing the 'headboard exercises.'" I won't explain that one, because I think it's fairly obvious what he meant. I can't remember if I told him who I was or not. It probably wouldn't have mattered anyway to that creep.

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    1. Have you see the dentist scene from THREE BILLBOARDS IN ebbing?
      V funny

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    2. I haven't seen it but I just read about it in a movie review. Yikes!

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    3. A bit of banter in the dentists helps many people in this country to get through the experience. We had a lot of bad dentists in childhood in the 1950s and '60s. It is good when staff play along with it however many times they have heard it before or even if their husband is the dentist.

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    4. I never minded banter from the patients. I always tried to put them at ease. But this was just a bit much. One of the first things you learn in a dental practice is to steer clear of talk about sex, politics, and religion. The weather is always a good topic.

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    5. A few laughs about anything helps at the dentist and put personal beliefs to one side.

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  31. When I met G for the first time, he had thick and curly light blond hair. His beautiful hair has thinned and whitened so much that he now keeps it close cropped. I do miss his curls but won't tell him.

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  32. I was going to suggest plugs, but I suppose if you are getting that weird wirey stuff now,it would be a wasted exercise. I have that old gray fuzzy hair, not a bleep thing seems to work and it's falling out all the time. Reminds me of spider webs ...

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  35. I want to a variation of Yorkshire Pudding's dream interpretation.

    Bullock sounds like Bollocks. That's not a common term here in the USA, but I do recall it as part of the title of a Sex Pistols album. Looked it up on the online, saw that it's a slang term, and what the closest American equivalent might be So, here's my interpretation of your dream:

    Aging is bullshit.

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  36. Glad you enjoyed the ballet and the sleep, dreams notwithstanding!!

    Getting old sucks, but not getting old sucks more.

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    1. The best line of the night

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  37. My hair is just starting to thin at the age of 70. Must be a dearth of testosterone.

    I'd love a long sleep in a comfy bed. But my body clock wakes me up between 4 and 5 in the morning and that's that, no more sleep is possible.

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    1. Go to the Raddisson in Bloomsbury , their beds are to die for

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  38. As the inimitable Bette Davis said - "Old age ain't for sissies".

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    1. She was a genius

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    2. Bette Davis certainly gave us some wonderfully direct comment.

      I think 'reality bites' covers many situations! My Mum used to say all the time "Blind Freddy would be pleased to see that" and as we age my husband and I have added to it saying "mighty pleased" as the eyesight is not what it was.

      Thankyou for your account of the ballet.. it whisked me away to a long forgotten magic... been too many decades since I have been to the ballet which I think was at the Sydney Opera House

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  39. As to the hair, I'm sure mine is thinning at the temples, but my daughter recently found a photo of me about age 11, with the wind artfully blowing back my hair, and it looks about the same! Luckily, my old lady hair is more silver than grey, and still blows rather artfully in the wind. (Small comfort for other losses, but still....)
    Oh, the ballet! Thank you so much for the clip of the willies. I saw a clip once where they came down a long ramp from both wings, like they were descending to earth. Wow.
    My parents were both from very middle America, escaping poverty through the military, and were determined their children would have culture! We moved around a lot, and I have wonderful memories of seeing the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker, Maria Tallchief in Oklahoma City (yes, she was wonderful), and of course the Royal Ballet when we lived near London. And Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn in their later years--still astonishing. Good to remember...thanks.

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  40. OK, I know it's your blog, and you can banish me for babbling on, but it was Rudolf Nureyev I meant--dear god, what a force of nature.

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    1. Baryshnikov and Nureyev - they were like rock stars and were as well-known as top football, baseball, or basketball players. I really can't think of anyone on their level since - has there been anyone?

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  42. I'm glad that you had a good night at the ballet and I bet the gang is happy that your back.
    As for hair I never leave the house without a hat due to health problems I'm almost bald but I'm still here and that's the main thing.

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  43. Oh my it can't have been the GoodWood then - we stayed here and it was a scabby dump. But for 50 quid a night on Tavistock Road we happily put up with it!

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