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Matters of taste: Pulling a rabbit out of a hat

©Wendell Steavenson

It was coming up to my brother Xander’s 40th birthday and he said: “I don’t want you to do anything. I don’t like surprises and please don’t buy me any presents.”

“So the challenge is to have a birthday party that is not a birthday party.” I mused.

“You should have an unbirthday party,” said Adrien my boyfriend.

“What’s an unbirthday?”

Alice in Wonderland is Adrien’s favourite book. He explained to me, as pompously patiently as Humpty Dumpty explained it to Alice, that an unbirthday is…

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