"I often wonder the difference that fifty years can make to one person, a place or even one experience.
Christine Keeler is 71 years old like myself and I can still vividly recall how her dalliance with the Minister John Profumo almost brought down the Government of the day fifty years ago.
The scandal happened at the height of the Cold War when it was discovered that Christine Keeler had been sleeping with both Profumo, the then Conservative Minister for War, and Yevgeny Ivanov, a naval attache based at the Russian Embassy in London. It is self evident from her photograhs 'then' and 'now' that the intermittant half century has not been too kind to her once beautiful looks.
If one looks at the City of Dubai before the economic boom hit it, one can witness how the emirate went from desert backwater to the Manhattan of the Middle East in half a century. I suppose that it just goes to show that neither progress nor old age can be stopped in its tracks once those pages of the calendar have started to turn.
However, there is one aspect of human experience that can remain unchanged forever. For most of us, we shall always retain fond memories for the three loves of our lives; our first love, our best love and our last love. Although usually different experiences that have changed our lives, they nevertheless never leave our memories for the whole of it. For a few of the world's luckiest people however, who are fortunate enough to have all three experiences rolled into one lifetime's experience, there is nothing that is either more endearing or enduring than when two best child friends grow into adult sweethearts and share a love and maritial happiness that lasts throughout their lives and even beyond the grave." William Forde:December 11th, 2013.