11 November 2005

Coronation St and East Enders are always on in our house, but I’m usually out of the room and just di into them occasionally. I usually prefer Corrie because it’s funny. But I found tonight’s East Enders, devoted to Alfie and Nana, with her memories of the war, very moving. Coincidentally I had been looking through old papers and photos of my parents and Madame’s and the world of the 1940s and 50s was in my thoughts. The inevitable scene where she receives the ‘We regret to inform you …’ telegram reminded me of the scene in Saving Private Ryan where there’s a hall full of typists churning them out. We are so lucky to have been born when we were.