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ESCAPE ACROSS THE WALL: Phil tunnels out of his old job in hardware to
become a "Softy" (translation: a member of the software department) and is now
working with things like C, 32-bit assembler and other conversation-stoppers
FAMILY EMIGRATES TO THE WEST: Or tries to, as we attempt to move "down the hill" from Kings Heath to Stirchley but have not yet exchanged contracts
POPULATION EXPLOSION: Martin is born in January and we are now expecting another baby next July. If our family continues to double in size every two years it will be standing room only by the end of the century
MOVES TOWARDS EUROPEAN UNITY as we watch the Eurovision Song Contest in a restaurant in Madeira
NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE: Our visit to a nuclear power station in Anglesey is abandoned because we are late, it's raining, we haven't had our lunch and they don't let children in anyway
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Miriam demonstrates her uncanny knack of discovering blackberries on holiday and recycling them into apple and blackberry pies
TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION: Our new computer provxs vxry usxful and pxrforms faultlxssly
VOYAGER REACHES TARGET as Martin's exploration of the universe takes him into uncharted reaches of the kitchen and halfway up the stairs
HEALTH SERVICE SHAKEUP: Miriam starts a part-time job in a doctor's practice
A STAR IS BORN: Martin gives the world première of his new piano work "Crash crash tinkle thump"
That's some of what's happened this year, anyway! It looks as though next year will be no less eventful.
We send our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Miriam and Martin enjoy the sunshine in Madeira
"...and I'll explain that joke when you're a bit older"
Phil and Martin at Sandringham, Norfolk
Miriam enjoys the view from the harbour at Funchal, Madeira
View towards Funchal harbour from Santa Catarina Park
Rotunda do Infante, Funchal. Under the archway is a statue of Prince Henry the Navigator
Another view of Madeira - it's a very hilly island!
In the grounds of the English Church, Funchal, Madeira
The Menai Strait (separating Anglesey from mainland
looking towards the Menai Bridge
The view from our house in Kings Heath,
which we left at the beginning of 1990