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Life And Life Only [Jun. 12th, 2018|09:26 am]
Tony Grist
He was my best friend at school.  We weren't soulmates or anything like that but we propped one another up. Neither of us was a misfit exactly but neither were we mainstream. We didn't stay in touch. He went into the Navy and I went into the Church. 

I caught a glimpse of him yesterday through his Facebook page. He lives in West Sussex- in a village I've visited not knowing he was there- has grown-up daughters and a second wife. He stuck with his chosen career- as I didn't-  and advanced halfway up the chain of command. He was in the Falklands War, served on the Royal Yacht Britannia and is now the director of a naval charity. It sounds like an interesting life.

I remember the last conversation we ever had. He was at Dartmouth Naval College and partying with Admirals' daughters and I was about to go  to university- and we were sitting in my parents living room looking ahead to the long, long stretch of our future careers- and now those careers are over and we're closing in on seventy - and it all seems to have happened so fast.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-06-12 01:49 pm (UTC)
I guess it's always strange if people you knew or once were close with made the big career later in life...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
I was at school with the playwright David Hare. I'm always interested to see what he's up to.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-06-12 06:18 pm (UTC)
Got two young pro politicians who went to the same school my former life was at.
One was a school year above me, but "we" both graduated in the same year, the other - a few years younger, didn't get to know him personally - I found in a yearbook too. #1's got a position of responsibility already, the other somehow made it to the national parliament last elections as one of the few individuals "aged 30 or less" in it.
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