Did I ever tell you this one? We had a rabbit called a girls’ name starting with ‘I’, back in the days when we thought pets would do it for us. She died aged 7 – not such a bad age for a rabbit – in 2004, in Mistley. (She had cancer!). Sometime at the end of the 90s I’d set up a password on my email (pet’s name, password 101). After the crash of 2008, money for screenplays suddenly became extremely hard to find – so I got a part-time subbing job at the start of 2009, having at that time an almost 8 year old, a 5 year old and a one year old who required feeding. (I was still doing the part-time job when I had the stroke.)
At the job, the production editor was called the girls’ name beginning with ‘I’ and at some stage she was sorting out my computer (she was very efficient) and she said: ‘What’s your email password?’
And I said, without thinking, her name. And she went bright red! And the more I tried to say ‘No, it’s not like that, it was a rabbit who died in 2004…’, the less convincing it sounded.
I changed the password that day…