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Stephanie Alexander's 80th birthday

 I can hardly believe that I have just turned 80. How could that possibly have happened? Where have the last twenty years gone? I was dreading this moment. An earlier plan had involved a house party in the south of France.  Once that became impossible I sort of gave up. But my friends and colleagues did not let me ignore the day. I have been feted in the most memorable way and I am just coming down from the excitement of what was a truly wonderful day.