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7:41pm on Thursday, 28th March, 2013:
Where were you on Wednesday, 29th July, 1981?
I never know the answers to those questions either, but having looked it up, that was the date of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. I do know what I was doing then, because I was in the crowd.
When I got home, I wrote up my experience and posted it home for my parents to read. My mum kept it, unbeknown to me, so it was quite a surprise when she loaned me it today to read. It's two-and-a-bit pages: page 1, page 2, page a bit.
It would be several years before I conceded that although the word bus is short for omnibus and should therefore be 'bus, getting asked why I spelled it with an apostrophe every single time made it not worth it (the same applied to pram', although I am still holding out for 'flu).
Yes, I was aware at the time of the hypocrisy of complaining about people blocking my view with a big sign when I myself had been standing on drinks cans (in the days when they were made of steel and not aluminium).
Oddly, although my mother has no technical sense whatsoever, she probably could tell you what she was doing on any particular date, given a couple of minutes to work it out.
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