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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Living in a rough area - a pub conversation

Not so long ago, I was involved in the following conversation in a pub in the centre of Dublin. I may have forgotten the exact wording but the memory of it fits me like a glove.

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How ya! It’s Paul isn’t it?

It is. How you doin? Er…Justin?

It is indeed. Jeez, you have a good memory

Well you remembered my name so even Stevens

Yes but it’s not everyone who translates Ibsen. That’s how come I remembered your name..Paul Larkin.

Paul Larkin it is. Do you want to join me Justin?

Well I’m meeting people later on but if you’re sure Im not disturbing?

Not at all – there’s loads of room. I'm heading off later myself

(Justin puts down his pint and draws the seat closer to the table. He then lifts the pint and takes a long draught.)

Ah! Now that’s better. What a week! I’ll get a bit of weed later on and chill with the lads.

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