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A new proverb

Gathering dust

Gathering dust

I learnt a new Italian proverb yesterday from our plumber/electrician and his wife, who came about our gas heating.

Impara l’arte e mettila da parte.

The literal translation is: “Learn a skill and put it to one side.”

However I take it to mean: “Once you’ve learnt a skill, it’s with you for ever even if you don’t use it.”

If only Clive could take comfort from the sentiment, lying there on his sofa, deprived for a year now of playing his beloved keyboard!

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