Festimas 2057 (12,000 words, 40 minutes to read)

Here is a story set in the year 2057.

It focuses on Cynthia Beattie as she enjoys the first day of Festimas, the four-month festival of shopping which commences on 24 October 2057.

In a way, this tale is a trip down memory lane with a list of golden oldies which I hope you will look up on YouTube.

Could this be the near future which some of us oldies might see, helped by leaps forward in medicine, pharmaceuticals and care robots enabled by artificial intelligence?

I offer this with particular thanks to Kareth Paterson, my friend and editor who has stuck with it, advising and correcting, at times mystified by my flights of fancy. Without her input I doubt this piece would have been readable.

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