• Pat Brown
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There is an infinite variety about the human race and yet everyone tends, in any one society, to lead similar lives. We dress alike; we eat the same foods; we try to melt into the crowd. We do not, generally, want to draw attention to ourselves. I say generally because there is a small percentage of individuals, in all societies, who dress and behave to please themselves. They are people who don’t give a fig for convention and they do not care what society thinks of them. They are what we loosely term ‘eccentrics’. The eccentric is found at all levels of society and in all social classes; they lend a lot of colour and humour to life, and many of them are elderly. They are not mentally confused, nor are they disorientated. They may be unconventional, it is true, but they are sociable beings who enjoy life. Included in this group of eccentrics, but within a subcategory of their own, are the hoarders. Hoarders accumulate things until their entire home becomes an enormous collection of jumble. Apart from the obvious social disadvantage of living in overcrowded squalor, the main danger to this group is the risk of fire and infestation from vermin.


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