It could happen anywhere. Is there anything we can do?

A man was found dead. I’m not sure if it was this morning or yesterday. He lived in a town – within the shadows of a Friary. People spoke with genuine sorrow and more than a little regret. He kept to himself. He’d moved from England. He used sit on a park bench and some would say hello to him. One of the Friars spoke on the evening news. He said it was really sad and especially since he lived so close to the Friary. His little house seemed so small on the widescreen TV. The houses around looked bigger but the TV camera is focused on his. He’s not there anymore.

He was found dead today or maybe yesterday. Someone walking the footpath that touched his threshold noticed something and wondered. The Gardaí were called. Someone must have taken the decision to break in and make sure all was okay – though I’d imagine there were doubts – they found him, the news report says, on the floor of his bedroom. He’d been there for sometime.

It’s the 20th March now. They found him dead. The Christmas Tree was on in the kitchen and the Christmas decorations still up. He had been taken down but the decorations stayed in place. The camera focuses on a bit of tinsel. The passer by, in March, noticed a Christmas Tree and wondered. Thank God the Christmas Tree was on –

It’s sad of course but sadly understandable too. It could happen anywhere. Some people are very private. They keep to themselves a lot. Maybe that’s the way they want it. We rush too and mightn’t always notice things.

What’s happening on Coronation Street? Fair City? Neighbours? East Enders? Home and Away?

You’d hope he had a Happy Christmas – he must have wanted one – he put up decorations. God rest his Soul.

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