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It started with Nan falling over. We don’t know why she fell over, but she suddenly did and it wouldn’t stop bleeding. Mum said perhaps her knee had given way again, and did Grandad think we should take Nan to hospital, but Nan said No and Grandad said she was too stubborn for her own good.

So we stayed a bit longer till the bleeding slowed down. Mum says Nan’s skin is getting thin because of the drugs she’s on. She’s always been on medicines. Mum says it’s the medicines that make her dream, but Nan says it isn’t.

Nan sees stuff, odd stuff that doesn’t make any sense. She reads cards as well, and tea leaves. And your palm. Sometimes, she knows what things mean and sometimes she doesn’t. Like with Rubble.

He was my hamster, and one day Nan said I should give him an extra special cuddle because he was leaving soon, and in the morning he’d died and we buried him in the garden next to Ripjaw and Tinkerbell.

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Competition supplement! Over 230 writing competitions to enter up to June 2018, and more than £430,000 in writing prizes! Win! Your book published by Lulu. Write your way around the world - how far writing competitions can take you. Star interview - The Commitment: Roddy Doyle on thirty years at the top of his game. The latest opportunities to get published and see your name in print.

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