What is puberty, said Enfant Gâté, and stay’d not for an answer. The AOH hall – Ancient Order of Hibernians history now – their sometime headquarters become our out-at-elbow cinema. Twice a week. Rude benches. Intoxicated customers, children and the young, exclusively it seemed. Gene Autry. Hopalong Cassidy. War movies. Anchors away. As North Africa fell to the Allies. Greece. Italy. Paris. Berlin … Part of the vertigo was the rickety organisation: the Cinema Manager – and general factotum – lived miles away, and his car was a capricious banger. Merrily on edge, we gathered outside the shabby hall. And prayed. Grew restive.