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John Daly


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'Scandal and tittle-tattle are the lubricants of our communication' (stock image)

'Scandal and tittle-tattle are the lubricants of our communication' (stock image)

'Scandal and tittle-tattle are the lubricants of our communication' (stock image)

What's the thing you're most looking forward to when all this is over? Such is the question often asked these days as we face God knows how long more of home isolation - a pledge to better times somewhere down the road.

Minding my social distancing in the usual long coffee line at my local deli the other morning, a vaguely familiar neighbourhood face stood just ahead. Late 70s, a Maggie Smith lookalike, double espresso, no sugar - clearly a tough cookie. I caught her eye and dared to inquire: "So, what are you most looking forward to when it's all back to normal?"

She sized me up slowly and said: "They will have to drag me screaming from the bingo table, and when I start talking with the girls again I may never stop."