My unworldliness, even at 21, was abnormal. Not only had I never smoked tobacco nor touched alcohol of any description, but I had never yet set foot inside a theatre, or gone to a race course I had never seen, nor held a billiard cue, nor touched a card.
A strong emotion, especially if experienced for the first time, leaves a vivid memory of the scene where it occurred.
It is the little things that pierce and burn and prick for years to come.
I used to tell strange, wild, improbable tales akin to ghost stories, and discovered a taste for spinning yarns.