The skin on the hands is thin and endlessly ravaged by the elements, so keep your hands dry as much as possible. Water left on the hands will evaporate, leaving them dried up and red. Use a hand cream that contains lanolin.


We went. We wandered down to The Good Companions, another regular cadet pub that served the under-age, then to Union Street, the seedy part of town west of the centre. We had several more drinks. Billy was good company that evening, good fun. I didn’t think anything else about Bell. Later, when we were walking back, after about two hours I suppose, Billy suddenly gave an explosive laugh. That Bell. What an idiot! What do you mean? I asked. Bell became a disgraced laughing stock for several weeks, derided by everyone. People clucked and sniggered and sneered when he came into the room.

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