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The end of the ceasefire

Northern Irish writer Carlo Gébler sends a letter to an English friend

By prospect   March 1996

Saturday 10th February

Dear Will,

This morning I went into Enniskillen, sashayed into the Lochside garage shop and said, “Daily Telegraph, please.” (I’m an old colonel-what else can I read?)

“No Telegraph,” said the girl.

“But it won’t be Saturday without Oz Clarke’s wine column…”

Then my eye fell on the other papers arranged along the counter. The forces of Irish national liberation had bombed Canary Wharf. Hence no Telegraph. I hadn’t listened to the radio last night or this morning and that’s what happens when you omit to do so. Things happen and you don’t know about…

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