Having just heard the news that another fellow rifleman has marched off to the final rv ( at regulation pace, naturally) I now - officially - know more people who are dead than alive! Being of advancing years myself, this is quite depressing, and I just wonder if anyone is still alive. Still, I rather like funerals. Much easier than weddings. No present to buy, no need to look as if one is having fun, no pondering over what to wear ( the standby suit and regimental tie always works) and with a bit of luck, the widow looks good in black and may need consoling.