In Search of Oldton

Nobody loves the two of clubs. Put it out of its misery, says my son whenever we are playing a game of Rummy.

Every card has a certain significance and status in a game. The ace of spades, for example, we know all about: it signifies death in many cultures, and in a game of no trumps it is usually the most powerful card in the pack.

I have played games where queens and jacks - and even sevens - have been key. But rarely is the two of clubs a critical card.

No fortunes have been made on the back of it. No songs have been written about it. I think maybe my dad was a two of clubs.

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