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Yes, I know what you mean. Things like that become intensely personal, as valueless as they might be to any other person on the planet. You certainly got good service out of them!

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I have two or three jumpers and a few shirts that have been valued 'workmates' for well over 30 years and refuse to die completely.   Ideal for dirty or rough work where a few more splashes or rips hardly matter.   Trousers don't last as long; the left knee in particular is prone to developing holes through kneeling, although Mrs P is a dab hand at sewing on patches.   A decent pair of jeans gets relegated to DIY tasks after a decade or so, with its holes or rips progressively darned or patched until, alas, it has to be turned into a pair of shorts - with the cut-off material retained for patching its successors.   Zips don't always last either; my current favourite working trousers developed a frontal fault last week and had to go in for emergency zip replacement on Sunday - 96p well spent (especially as it was 20% off day at the haberdashery)!   The Irishman's knife comes to mind ...

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