Time present and time past

Receive message from Department for Work and Pensions wishing me Happy International Older People’s Day; remember that need to buy present for brother’s 50th birthday,  and set off to local town in search of Classic Gentleman’s Watch. A traditional Jewellers somehow still survives amongst barbers and charity shops of High Street, and spend happy half-hour discussing options with charming young manager about thirty years younger than self. Find whole process much easier, quicker and more fun than trawling through product reviews on internet, though do feel even more like matronly 1950s housewife than usual.

Decide not to think too much about The Passage Of Time (brother himself admirably relaxed about forthcoming milestone), and concentrate instead on enjoying Conference Mash-Up with children.