Thanks to Skype, today I was able to see and talk to a very old and dear friend for the first time in years. Gerhard is about the same age as me but suffers from a debilitating muscular disease that has gradually undermined his health. He has not been able to work for the last seven years and has to use a wheelchair. He sent me this photo, taken on a recent family holiday in Zeeland, Holland. The islands, close to the border with Belgium, are very popular with German holidaymakers.

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