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Illustration: Michael De Lucchi
Illustration: Michael De Lucchi

An old newspaper clipping stirs up emotions and deepens a mystery that started in a forgotten Kombi.

The newspaper cutting, tatty and yellow-brown with age, falls out of the very last book I toss into the box. I pick it up gently and turn it over. Its edges are roughly torn, now feathering into sneeze-inducing dust, but the print is still clear.It’s an advert from a newspaper Personal column: If the legal owner of VW Kombi CA 1234 does not collect the vehicle within 21 days it will be claimed to defray costs.

I hold the paper delicately as befits its age and historical significance. Newspaper is fast becoming obsolete, except for packaging the now obsolete contents of this house, now that my mother has gone.

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