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Alexander Fyjis-Kopjes dancing with Sarah Fazakopjes | Trinity ball | London, 1981 | photo: Dafydd Jones

Sarah was one of those soppy girls, riddled from head to foot with whimsy. She held the view that the stars were God’s daisy chain, that rabbits were gnomes in attendance on the Fairy Queen, and that every time a fairy blowed its wee nose a baby was born, which, as we know, is not the case. She was a drooper — Alexander Fyjis-Kopjes

I was in rare fettle and the heart had touched a new high. I don’t know anything that braces one up like finding you haven’t got to get married to someone like Alexander after all — Sarah Fazakopjes

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