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Ian McMillan: Slippers should speak of evenings on the settee...
The year is getting older but I’m pleased to say that my slippers, like policemen and politicians, are getting younger. I began 2014 in slipper-socks, literally. I wore them as the year turned and I danced a little jig in the kitchen to welcome the future. Slipper-socks, as you know, are good for dancing in because, in contrast to their name, they’re not slippery and so I didn’t end my jig by slipping and falling rhyme over stanza, which is how we poets fall. Those slipper socks served me well through the winter months but eventually they wore into holes until, as I pointed out to my wife, they were more hole than sock, so I flung them in the bin and when they landed in the rubbish they hardly made any noise at all. It was an almost silent goodbye.
 

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