No longer the languor of what appeared to be eternal youth. Now, rattling helter skelter to a pension and afternoons spent having tea and biscuits at the local Conservative club.
Have the clocks quickened up in old age? Does Big Ben chime a little quicker, a little more often these days and nights? I really do think so (and no I have not been indulging in the Christmas Tawny Port).
Come on, think back. Is it really seven months ago when we woke up (alone in my case) one morning expecting that we were heading for another five years of Coalition Government, but this time with an administration led by Edward Samuel Miliband?
How wrong we were. Goodbye Mr Miliband, goodbye Mr Clegg, hello again Mr Cameron and his financial henchman Mr Osborne. It all seems like yesterday – despite the fact that we have had both a summer Budget and an Autumn Statement to endure since May 7.
And is it just over seven years ago that the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered turmoil in global financial markets – a turn of events that we are still trying to spin out of.
Is it just over seven years ago that the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered turmoil in global financial markets?
I still carry vivid pictures in my mind of those unfortunate Lehman Brothers employees forlornly walking across Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands, carrying their work possessions in cardboard boxes bearing their names. It might not seem like yesterday, but 2008? Never.
Carrying on with the ‘seven’ theme, it does not feel as if a year (13 months to be accurate) has passed in my mediocre life since I first spoke with a delightful lady called Tracey Clarke about her involvement in the Seven Families Campaign.
Tracey, as you may well know – especially if you recommend financial protection insurance to your clients – lit the fuse that ignited a £350,000 campaign, designed to demonstrate that with a little love, some sound advice and professional help, people with challenging long-term health issues can be put in a better place.