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theguardian - 27 days ago

My son serves his I-told-you-sos silent – which is very lucky for me | Zoe Williams

He told me my hopes would be dashed when we went in search of pure happiness in Ramsgate. Because while the pubs are now open, the arcades remain desolate
My stepmother, P, lives in Ramsgate, but has caring responsibilities up the wazoo elsewhere, so she hasn’t been in her house for a year. I’m here to check the plants haven’t died, but she knows that isn’t really why I’m here. It’s because I love it. The regular reader will recall that I’ve been barred from the Wetherspoon’s, the most magnificent pub in Europe, but I still love the town. The intensity of the skies, the smell of whelks, the harbour that thinks it’s so fancy (because it is), the neighbourliness – so colourful, so ch every morning is like the establishing shot of a Disney musical – and, most of all, the arcades.There’s been an awful role reversal in the family over lockdown – worse than TJ, the boy child, getting taller than me. He’s become the manager of my expectations. He spent the entire journey down here explaining why the arcades wouldn’t be open. “They’re not essential by anyone’s terms. Even if you were addicted to gambling, and the 2p machines were like your methadone, that still wouldn’t be essential.” Continue reading...


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