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It’s easy to get resentful in your fifties. Age creeps up on you in your forties, but after that it positively stalks you. Your children are at university, cruelly driving home the fact that your own brush with higher education was more than 30 years ago. You have to give up organised sport because your malfunctioning knees can no longer do much more than support a TV dinner. And you need your reading glasses to cut your toenails so as to avoid involuntary amputation. Old people are just like everyone else, except that they think that the previous window has…

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