This happier life at Geneva was put an end to by a severe illness, which is partly a blank to me, partly a time of dimly-remembered
suffering, with the presence of my father by my bed from time to time.
Rick Astley's dimly-remembered
name was put back in the frame when up to 13minternet users were "tricked" into watching the video of his biggest hit, the appallingly catchy, or possibly just appallingly appalling, 1987 chart-topper Never Gonna Give You Up.
But its founder was more than a dimly-remembered
body double to Mordecai Manuel Noah (whose "Ararat" was even more of a flame-out).
episode gives a human face to the fact that between 1810 and 1820, roughly 10,000 acres of common in the south-western part of the peninsula, were cleared, enclosed, drained and put to the modern iron plough.
And reaction, especially from a dimly-remembered
man called Nicholas Bennett.
Our gite's kindly owner (who lives next door and presented us with delicious home-made jam on arrival and a plum tart during the week) offered to arrange the visits and we snapped her hand off as quickly as our dimly-remembered
school French would let us.