AIDA AUSTIN

AIDA AUSTIN: "You must have a look at my big shaking-machine"

I’m in England, spending a week in the company of my mother-in-law and mother; women with a mean age of 82, who have stared down the defeats of life but still remain, after all is said and done, resolutely inclined to Movement and Battling On.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I still can’t get my new i-box to work."— "I-Pad," I say

BRISTOL Airport — and I am walking towards my mother-in-law’s car burdened by my luggage and a nagging sense of guilt about having dissed her driving in last-week’s column.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "It won’t be dark, so I’ll be able to see the ditches"

My mother is on the phone, alerting me to the travel arrangements which she and my mother-in-law have made on my behalf; I fly to England next week to visit both women, who live four hours apart in the West Country.

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AIDA AUSTIN: She tried so hard to have a little tantrum but she’s so expertly managed, she doesn’t stand a chance

I am trying to establish the house phone’s whereabouts. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "My driving is a safe kind of chaotic. Scatty but slow..."

MY SISTER is driving me to Stansted Airport. Right now she’s navigating a junction on the M11, so that we might merge with traffic on the A120 and she is getting sweary, London-driver style.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "If you start yakking about polka-dots, it’s over"

ANY STORY about a sister goes far, far back. Back to the time when you’re both just preliminary sketches of the people you’ll become,says Aida Austin.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I don’t think she rates email as an invention at all"

ALL IS suspense and tension upstairs in bed; we are watching the final episode of The Last Tango in Halifax, series two, on Netflix. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: ’Got my tongue pierced this morning’ my eldest says.

SIX-THIRTY pm and the girls are due to arrive home from college.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Nice one granny, you’ve cleared the jelly! High five"

MY DAUGHTER is sitting in the conservatory looking over my mother’s shoulder. My mother, who has come to visit along with my sister, sits beside my daughter on the sofa, reading.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Actually, they’re vegan. And Leo doesn’t drink"

A FRIEND arrives in the kitchen, bearing a plate covered in tin foil. “Scones,” she says, “just out of the oven but they might need a bit more cooking.”

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AIDA AUSTIN: ‘I knew two windscreen wipers would come in handy’

Having argued his case for road safety with great ease, economy of effort and conviction — like the lawyer that he is — and banned me from picking him up from Cork airport in my “mobile skip,” my brother-in-law arrives in a hire car.

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