I plan to be away on Sunday afternoon as my Scottish uncle died down south and his funeral is on Monday. He collapsed last week in the rest home where he lived. Before his family could remove him from there to their own care at home he passed away. That is the last of the uncles living in New Zealand. My father’s brother is still alive in Bananaphagia, and his sister and brother-in-law in England. I still have a quota of ageing aunts; my mother and other siblings of my generation and their children.

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