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  • Easter Sunday was an unusual affair this year.

    My whole life, I've spent Easter with family doing family things like having a big Sunday dinner, most often at home cooked by me with my mother and whoever else in the family was free to come join us.

    Since my mother died, there's been a sort of vacuum in the holidays and I don't really know where I belong, where I was sure of it before. So, this Easter, when a friend was acting in a play Easter Sunday afternoon and another friend and I were on our own for the holidays, we decided to go see it and she treated me to Sunday lunch while we were out.

    A massive rib of beef brunch with all the trimmings, followed by the play 'Pentecost' about mixed culture which was performed to great effect in a church, drinks with the cast afterwards, and then a trip to Brick Lane, a hub of art and urban creativity as well as the seat of London's Bangladeshi crowd, it's wall to wall curry restaurants with fantastic food and was packed to the hilt, heaving with bodies having fun. All of these things seemed to reinforce me and made me feel like the holiday gap I've felt the last couple of years was closing a bit.

    The truth is, you are never an orphan in London, there's always lots to do and see and people to be with. When we were sitting in the pub at the aftershow drinks, my friend Mandy, who'd been outside, suddenly stuck her head in the door and told me to grab my camera and come out. There across the street was a wedding carriage, so pretty with it's white horses, and so nice to see a wedding on Easter Sunday, a religious holiday and the happy sacrament of marriage taking place for people on a doubly special day. I guessed those newlyweds would be forging their own traditions for this holiday as they built their married life together.

    Easter is about renewal and finding new ways forward, after all. For me, it felt like a good sign.
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