AIDA AUSTIN: 'Guess Where I Am' - a game for cohabiting couples

It is 8.30am, on Saturday morning, but conditions are proving too adverse for a lie-in. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: Getting to terms with my mother on Whatsapp

Like I said, since my mother has got the hang of Whatsapp, frankly there’s no telling where she might surprise me with a call.

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AIDA AUSTIN: Truth is, his style never came from clothes but from knowing who he was

I am having dinner with my old friend Ed, writes Aida Austin.

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AIDA AUSTIN: Preparing for your youngest daughter to flee the nest

September – the time of young ones, their departure and new beginnings, writes Aida Austin

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AIDA AUSTIN: If I don’t rinse it, my hair will end up black and I’ll look like Dot Cotton

Monday, early August. Now that my mother has got the hang of Whatsapp, the timing of her phone calls is unpredictable.

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AIDA AUSTIN: My daughter and husband are determined to be my caregivers

9am. I am in the car, en route to hospital, where I am to have a small lesion removed from my lower calf, writes Aida Austin

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AIDA AUSTIN: Paul’s stores of forbearance are running low in the tourist season

Lunchtime, and I’m hand-beading upstairs at my worktable in Paul’s shop. My mind is as calm as a goldfish in a bowl; hand-beading is good that way, being so simple and repetitive.

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AIDA AUSTIN: So I bought vegetables and for 27 years I made my offspring eat them

My children had all sorts of lofty ambitions when they were little: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, doggy rescuer, famous gymnast, Georgie Best. “Vegetable Eater” never got a mention. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: What would be your first thoughts as you run from your smoking car?

‘I’ve seen car explosions. I saw poor Apollonia go up in The Godfather," writes Aida Austin

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AIDA AUSTIN: 'Having blue rope in your boot has got nothing to do with wealth'

9 am. My three sisters and I are in a taxi, heading towards Pestana Palace Hotel where my brother is staying; he’s invited us to join him for breakfast on the terrace and spend the morning in the hotel grounds before we fly home from Lisbon this afternoon.

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AIDA AUSTIN: Unless you’re very careful, Mum says, I think you’re going to be up all night

It’s 8.30pm — and my three sisters and I are sitting at a restaurant table in Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s old bohemian district. 

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