Well, the skip is now full (see previous post) but the garage is no less cluttered than it was before.
The problem is, there are some things I'm not allowed to throw out (toys, bicycles, a cot and a family-sized tent that will never ever be used again) and loads of stuff that I don't want to throw out (books, an antique pine wardrobe, my old vinyl records ...).
I've got copies of The Spectator going back to 1975 and this morning, under a black plastic groundsheet, I found a stack of newspapers with headlines such as 'Maggie comes out swinging' (Daily Mail, May 14, 1983), 'Thatcher resigns' (London Evening Standard, November 22, 1990), and - the day after she stood down - 'Too damn good for the lot of them' (Daily Mail, November 23, 1990).
In a box at the back of the garage I also found a copy of the Independent on Sunday dated March 4, 1990, two months after the paper was launched. The front page features the following headlines: 'Thatcher fails to calm Tory nerves', 'Commons to investigate secret payments to MPs' and 'BBC's right-wing critic failed to secure trainee's job'.
The man who started the latest BBC controversy by accusing the Today programme of bias was turned down by the corporation when he applied for a job as a trainee journalist.
Simon Clark, director of the Media Monitoring Unit ... has written several reports critical of BBC standards of balance and impartiality.
On his early ambitions to join the BBC [Clark] said: "I tried to join the scheme they have for young reporters and I completely mucked up my interview. They asked me questions like, 'What do you know about Tibetan politics during the last 20 years?' and I had to admit not a lot."
That's right, my casual, light-hearted 'confession' that I had failed to get past the first interview stage when I applied for a job as a trainee reporter with the BBC after leaving university in 1980 ended up as a lead story in a national newspaper!!
The good news is that on the front page, directly below a large picture of Margaret Thatcher is a photo of, er, me.
Throw that out? Never. I think I'll have it framed.