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Non-fictionModern leisure emerged in the West in the early 1700s when French and English cities developed new forms of society built around urban amenities – parks, cafés, fairs and shopping districts – servicing an expanding class of people with discretionary time and income. Public museums as storehouses of national culture appeared a little later in the nineteenth century where they contributed to the development of so-called ‘rational recreation’, a species of serious leisure intended to ‘civilise the masses’.
FictionAt the end of the play, I remain in my seat, as to stand would risk such a huge amount of pain and blood loss I am not sure I would survive. Having been allocated this ‘best available seat’ I don’t know how to leave. The actors smile in a strained way as they take their curtain call and each of them casts an eye at me. I make them uncomfortable, perched as I am on these horns. Stuck as I am while the rest of the audience applauds and exits.
FictionWhen he left that night with Lacey on his arm, off to go bowling or something, he shook my hand and said Goodnight, David, like it was some big joke or something, and I said Goodnight, David back, and then he was gone and immediately after the door shut, Mel was on my back and saying: You can’t keep doing this, and when I just raised my bad hand up and looked at her, she said: Going so hard on them like that. It’s not doing our daughter any favours. I don’t know why you’re talking about this like it’s some sort of pattern. I’ve only ever got to meet two of them. And she said: Exactly.