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Dear flames

Jane Shilling plans to burn four decades of correspondence—if she can

By Jane Shilling   March 2012

“The Love Letter” (1834) by Thomas Sully: the correspondence of the past often reveals itself to be unguarded and inconsequential as emails

Domestic bonfires are not easily come by in southeast London, where I live. These days they are altogether in decline. A friend who lives in Ireland tells me that on Sundays the Gardai use helicopters to look for tell-tale columns of illegal smoke. (The solution, apparently, is to have your bonfire on Tuesday mornings, when the police are otherwise engaged.)

But that is not much use to me in Greenwich. The recycling facilities offered by my council are…

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