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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mirror, Mirror?

The clock is ticking ...
I recently read an article on the blog of the history magazine, History Today, that I found quite fascinating. It was about mirror years - and the time line of your life. (And you know I can never resist a time line!) The proposition behind it is that you can actually be closer in time to an event that took place before your birth than something that happened during your lifetime. Think about it.

You find your 'mirror year' by subtracting your age from your date of birth. I'm not telling you mine, but at the moment it's the same year that my grandmother was born. That's another thing, it changes as you age. My mum is 94 and in her current mirror year Beethoven was still composing. I'm not sure how she'll take that, if I tell her!

There has to be an idea for a book in this. At the moment I've no clear thought on what that might be, but I can feel some sort of stirring around a time slip. I expect my subconscious will come up with a plot, if and when it is ready.

If you want to look at the original article, you can find it here

Worth a look to find out what events Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling have close to them.


  1. Very interesting post – thanks for sharing. I've just read the article, and found it quite unnerving. It certainly makes me think about my lifespan in a new way…

    1. Yes - a new way of looking at things - And I'm still trying to work out how to get a book from it!

  2. I'm a great believer in looking forwards... especially after that!

    1. The things you can do with time are fascinating - but forwards is probably best :)