Goodbye to the world out there, the World Cup is here at last
If you live to be a hundred, you will remember some of the events that are about to take place in Russia over the next few weeks. They will stay in your mind when almost everything else about your life at this time has gone.
This is what I find anyway, that when somebody mentions 1982, or 1998, or 2010, my memory zooms in on a few fragments of the World Cup that was happening in those years, giving me some sense of where I was in general at that time, what I was doing.
Music does this too, and indeed it was recently suggested by our friends on the internet that the song which was No 1 in the charts on your 14th birthday is the defining influence on your life - though how this could be, if the song in question is, say, Black Betty by the Ram Jam Band, is unclear.