A story of friendship, memories, and a time now lost

A bus window at night, with the silhouettes of its occupants illuminated by a strip of light inside the cabin.
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A second story of the extraordinary ordinariness of everyday acquaintances.

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A story of the extraordinary ordinariness of everyday acquaintances.

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Life is filled with encounters, some meaningful, some less so. But even the most transient shape our experience in some small way, and often linger in our thoughts for a long time to come. This story recounts my meetings with one such person; not family, not a friend, merely an acquaintance — but one that lives on in my mind even years later.

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“There where the State is present, acts, finances, its presence must be clearly identified.”

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Calum Johnson

A UK-based journalist, translator, and writer with a passion for history, languages, and sport.

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