A picture of ageing

Don't age yourself on FaceApp. It is like peeking at the end of a book. Maybe it's better to let the pages run out slowly

Read the Quran. Alongside the Bible. Possibly at Serengeti. Grow flowers and listen to The Doors at rudely high volume. When old age comes, somewhere down the distant road, I have a vague plan. Dying is not included.

Learn to tell a Monet from a Manet. Try James Joyce's Ulysses for a fourth time. Finally put together an Ikea bookcase. Lecture my granddaughter on Muhammad Ali. Hold a Robert De Niro retrospective in my living room.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 28, 2019, with the headline 'A picture of ageing'. Print Edition | Subscribe