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In my day: We quiz Doreen Muskett on the time of her life

Q. What was your decade?

A. I regard myself as a 50s girl. This decade is memorable for me as I left school and after a secretarial course I commenced my career in what became my one and only job throughout my life.

Q. What was life like?

A. It went at a much slower pace back then than it does now. People had more time for one another and social occasions were very special.

Q. What were you listening to?

A. I listen to classical and church choral music, a particular favourite of mine is Handel's Messiah. I remember attending a performance by the Philharmonic Choral Society in the Ulster Hall.

Q. And the style?

A. I must admit I'm a not 'dedicated follower of fashion'.

Q. What has changed?

A. Technology has advanced at such an alarming rate and I feel there is less time for face to face contact. I fear the personal touch is a thing of the past.

Q. Was it better back then?

A. Traffic was not so dense back in that era so driving was much more pleasurable. I feel leisure time is spent very differently now.

  • Doreen Muskett is the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council which organises the annual Open+Direct Insurance Best Kept Awards

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