Ralph (he hates to be called Mr. Hill) is an eighty-four-year-old man living in the South East of England. He believes he has led a charmed life and tells the story of his childhood and growing up in a changing world. He then adds the story of the final hours of a Lancaster Bombing in which his brother was killed. In a complete change of direction, the next piece is about a system for playing contract bridge called The Amenable Club. For one who has hated the disputes following some games, he has tried to devise a system that will cause the least friction between players. His greatest hope is that he has amused you and t offended you, the reader, in any way. He speaks of real people in his biography but gives names where he thought they would give offense.