A filling has fallen out. I have know Tim my dentist for nearly 30 years and he knows that the less I know about about what he is doing the happier I am. So I lie back content to let him fill the vacancy without commentary. The drill buzzes and hums. "You're very brave Joe," he says. It is only then that it occurs to me that he has not applied the customary local anaesthetic. I have only the slightest twinge of discomfort. But brave? Me? Flattery is better than anaesthetic.
From the top of the park called Calverley Ground there is a good view of the southern part of Tunbridge Wells, The Common gathered round it to the west and the heights of Ashdown Forest in the distance. The clusters of building are dominated today by a single flag flying from the ramparts of Hoopers the department store. It is a red flag on which is inscribed in white letters the word Sale.
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here.