The next contribution comes from the wonderful Deirdre Spain. I love the warmth of character and use of line in this piece and one of my favourite things about it is the fact Deirdre has managed to include a part of Mr Nicolini's daily life - his crosswords!
Update: Last week I received an email from Mr Nicolini's great nephew to say he had searched the name 'Nicolini' and found this blog! He also let me know that Mr Nicolini is now a great great uncle! (A fact he was very proud to learn).