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The Music

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Whilst now sounding pretty dated - particularly the tracks from the sequel, the title theme "You Better Beleive it Babe" does a lot to set the mood for the play. Its wistful "are there somewhere islands" refrain reflecting Dominick's own thoughtfulness as he thinks about life on the flipside.

The music was composed by Rick Jones and David Pierce and played by the band Meal Ticket. Now apparently deleted they had one or two LPs out around 1980. I can remember tracking their stuff down in the mid 80s but couldn't see the Dominick Hide theme on it.

Meal Ticket consisted of Richard Jones (keyboards/vocals), Alan Coulter (drums), Rod Demick (bass), Willy Finlayson (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Keith Nelson (banjo), and Steve Simpson (guitar/violin/vocals). They released 3 albums in the seventies, the last, Takeaway (Logo 1008 ) in 1978. Kind of explains why the Dominick Hide theme wasn't on it!

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John has also transcribed the lyrics (thank again):

You Better Believe it Babe 
- Chuck Farley & Meal Ticket

Are there somewhere islands, over the horizon
Hidden by the morning mist, forever out of reach?

Are there somewhere islands, where the cocoa ripens
Wild canaries in the palms; a footprint on the beach?

Are there somewhere mountains, talked about in whispers
Himalayas; mountaineers never dared to climb?

Are there somewhere mountains where the tiger dances
Hillsides sweet with temple bells as half as old as time?

You better believe it babe; you better believe it babe
'cos in this madman's universe, well at least the dream's achieved.

You better believe it babe; you better believe it babe
'cos if you don't it makes things worse and who wants a dreamless sleep?
Who wants a dreamless sleep?

Are there somewhere oceans, rivers still run down to
Oceans deep and briny blue where the China Clippers soar?

Are there somewhere oceans, boys still run away to
Flying fishes jump for joy and the roaring forties roar?

Are there somewhere dreamers, drifting on the high road
Are there somewhere caravans approaching Samarqand?
 
Are there somewhere dragons, leprechauns and centaurs
Unicorns, Camelot and Never-never land?

You better believe it, babe; you better believe it, babe;
'cos in this madman's universe, well at least the dream's achieved.

You better believe it babe; you better believe it babe
'cos if you don't it makes things worse and who wants a dreamless sleep?
Who wants a dreamless sleep?

Are there somewhere heroes; knights in shining armour;
golden gallants come to life from faded tapestries?

Are there somewhere ladies, waiting in the moonlight;
ladies elegant and sad, by weeping willow trees?

Look in childrens' faces as they build their castles;
castles made of sand to hold the bold and restless sea.

Look beyond the mirror; see the distant shadows
But believe dreams appear as real as memories. 

The other recurring music of the play is the Beatles. In 2130 the music is frequently seen being played by a holographic renaissance group. In one scene set in 1980 a guitarist in a restaurant is seen playing "Here Comes the Sun", and Dominick walks straight into him - thinking he's a hologram.


The Video

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BBC Enterprises released the double video on 5th August 1991, but deleted it on 7th December 1993. A recent (Aug 2000) enquiry to the BBC yielded the statement that "Unfortunately, the twinpack of 'The Flipside of Dominic Hyde(sic)/Another Flip for Dominic' has been withdrawn from sale, and is no longer available for purchase in the UK."

Video cover

It may still be possible to track the video down at memorabilia fairs, or through a search service such as BlackStar. ">eBay usually has second hand copies available at around £30.

There have recently been some DVD copies on eBay, but these appear to be pirate transfers.

The details of the video are:

BBC Enterprises Ltd 1991
Catalogue Number: BBCV 4640
Barcode: 5 014503 464028
Running Time: 176min approx
Produced by: Chris Cherry
Directed by: Alan Gibson
Certificate: PG

Life in 2130

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Throughout the plays we get an insight into what life is like in 2300.

Life Span

Environment

Holocaust

In 1999 there was a world war, the "Holocaust". London was obviously badly hit as Dominick tells his friends to be out of the city by then.

Computers

Technology

Commring - a ring sized communications device, both for person to person and person to computer calls. Dominic uses it to talk to SOO (qv) to check on what is happening at his house.

A wall of the living room is taken up by a multi=purpose screen that works as a 2D video screen for phone conversations and as a 3D projector for entertainment use.

SOO is the household computer. It can talk to the occupants, and over comms links. It can scan objects in the house and appears to acts as a complete house manager come secretary.

Language

Clothing

Wide brimmed hats because of the UV

Life style

Morals

Sex, no "cheating"

Houses

We are only really given a good look at Dominick's house. It is very "2001" ish, modernist and minimalist. Dominick remarks on the clutter in Jane's house, and also comments on how sterile - physically, emotionally and biologically his life is.

Caleb's office/house is similarly modernist, if richer in colour and decoration.

Transport

Apart from the saucers the only transport shown is their equivalent of the London Undergound, some form of suitably quiet and plush mass transit system.

Time Travel

The time-travel mechanism is never explained. One curious point is that elapsed time in 1980 equals elapse time in 2130 - so if Dominick spends 24 hrs in 1980, 24 hrs pass in 2130.

Glossary

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Words and terms from Dominick Hide

CorroShort for correlator (qv)
CorrelatorDominick's occupation. Someone who collects data on the past.
Double ReturnA trip back from the past to Dominick's present.
FlipA journey back in time to "the flipside"
FlipsideA previous period in time
ReprogrammedHaving a new partner assigned by the computer
ReturnA trip back to the past
SOOThe domestic computer which monitors a house

Quotes

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Kaleb to Dominick - "Your great grandfather was born in 1981 in the Portobello sector of London. Or would be, .... and now will be".

Dominick to Ava - "You smelt the rose".

Treatment

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The Flipside of Dominick Hide

WARNING: This treatment contains a full description of the plot including all spoilers

Title Sequence

Arial views over London, buses driving over London bridges.

Dominicks face in the glow of his crafts instruement lights.

The title music "Are there somewhere Islands (You Better Believe It Babe)" (">download) plays over the images and title credits.


At Home

Dominick has returned late from a journey to the "flipside" - the past. He is a "Corro", someone who reports on what happened in the past, analysing every trivial detail. Dominick's job is to report on the bus Transport in London in the 1980s.

Alaric, who looks after Dominick's craft and runs his missions for him from the present tells Dominick that Caleb, their boss, want to see him.

Dominick enters Caleb's office. Caleb reprimands Dominick for returning late. "Are you getting complacent, Dominick", Caleb asks. Dominick enthuses about what he saw, the buses and the people. Caleb tells him that it's not his job to watch people. "if you want to study people, watch old films".

Dominick goes home to Ava, his wife. Ava tells him he must be careful when he is on the flipside. She tells him about a "Tom Cook" (i.e. Thomas Cook) traveller who tried to get out of a time craft when visiting the Olympics in 1936.

  

A message comes in on their wall sized video-phone screen from Dominick's mother. She says that Aunt Mavis has found details of Dominick's Great Grandma and her son, his Grandfather, also called Dominick. She knows she has some video somewhere. The Great Grandma was living in London 1980s, somewhere called Port Beal.

Alaric comes round with his latest girlfriend. Quietly Dominick tells him that he must land on the flipside. Alaric reminds him that it is forbidden, and talks about Eddie Cochrane, who killed a dog on the flipside. Becuase the dog died it couldn't raise an alarm, so an architect died, and all his "future" buildings fell down. Thousands died.


The First Flip

Alaric concedes, and tells Dominick he has masked the trip from Caleb, and gives Dominick a hat for protection from the UV rays.

Dominick's saucer lands on some disused ground. As he crawls under fence a fence he meets a policeman who tells him to be off home.

Outside a pub he meets 3 youths. He asks them where Port Beal is, they interpret interpret Port Beal as Portobello, and give him an A to Z ( a London street directory) to help him find it.

Back Home

Arriving back, Dominick shows Alaric the A to Z, but it disintegrates, having suddenly "aged" hundreds of years.

At home Ava is just back from playing zero-G volleyball, and listening to holo images of a guitarists playing Beetles numbers in a classical style. They go to bed.

The Second Flip

Dominick lands again, in a fun fair. He walks down Portobello Road looking for some sign of his ancestors. He stops a passerby, Jim, and asks for Dominick Hide. He says is a "cousin". Jim calls out, someone says "he's over there", and Dominick is pointed to someone - who is of course the wrong person.

Dominick refinds Jim, and follows him into a shop.

The shops owner, Jane, is playing with some kittens. Jane tells Dominick that the person he's look for isn't there. Dominick doesn't go. Jane asks Jim about Dominick.

Approaching Dominick, she feels his suit and asks Dominick about the material. He says he bought it in Dakota.

Jim takes Dominick down the pub. Felix (an economist) and Midge (his girlfriend) arrive. Jim asks Dominick his first name, Dominick looks up sees a gin bottle and says Gilbey (a brand of Gin).

Jane arrives. Dominick gets Jane a drink, but has no money. He walks away without paying. A rose seller comes in, Dominick says he wants one, Jane buys him one. "We dont have these in Rayners lane" he says. Then he says "Must go - another flip", and abruptly leaves.

"Who was the rose for", asks Jane

Back at the funfair the owner, Harry Shoe, thinks has been sent by Barney. Dominick says he wants some money, and Harry gives him £15 - for what he thinks is hire of the saucer. Harry goes to phone to sort things out with Barney, and as he does so Dominick flies away.

Home Again

Dominick gives Ava the rose in clear box, he tells hers it's "150 yrs old", and that she must never open it or it'll wither and die. He tells Ava he's landed, twice. Ava upset he's broken rules. He says he has friends on the flipside. It's "not our function to seek knowkledge - we're not trained for it", she says. "Do you wish to be reprogrammed" she asks.

The Third Flip

Dominick walks into Jane's office. He thinks thinks Jane's been looking for his cousin. She says she hasn't. She looks up in phone book, she finds a DA Hide in Maida Vale, but when they phone that's a Donald.

He tells Jane he's looking for "Great Aunt Mavis's long lost Grandson", and that Great Aunt Mavis lives in Hemel Hempstead.

Jane asks Dominick to help close up and get stuff to flat - just round the corner.

Once there she asks Dominick to make her coffee whilst she has a bath. Dominick hunts around the kitchen, finds the Nescafe, but when told to put two spoonfuls in he puts 2 tablespoons in. Jim rings, hears the noise of someone else there, Jane says that the "celibate priest" is there.

Dominick gives up and says he can't make coffee, so Jane shows him how to use kettle. As Jane goes to the bath Dominick looks through mail, and notices a calendar showing a picture of Quito, Ecuador. When the kettle boils he's not quite sure what to do. Coffee made he walks into bathroom, oblivious to the fact that Jane is naked in the bath. Jane asks him to wait outside, and when asked if she minds him being there she says she does mind "actually".

Dressed, Jane asks him where he is from - "Quito" he says remembering the calendar. He also "agrees" that he is church man. Dominick suggests they go to supper, saying that he now "has P's" (i.e. money).

At the restaurant they are talking, a guitar player plays the Beetles quietly in the background. Jane says she doesnt beleive in god. "Few do, they mostly live in woods and sing old songs" replies Dominick. Then abruptly he says must go, and that no she can't come. "Who says?" asks Jane, "Great Aunt Mavis?". "Yes" says Dominick. As he walks up to go he walks straight into the guitar player (which he assmued was a holo projection).

Jane chases him out. "Will I see you again?" she asks. "Yes" he says, and kisses her goodbye.

Home Again

Returning, Caleb is waiting. Dominick's on time. But Caleb says that Dominick made the "return" at 12,000 ft - too low. Caleb tells him not too do it again, and that the 1980s "saucer sitings" were are due to corros making themselves visible as they make the return. "Of course" says Dominick - a give away 1980s phrase. "Cricket on Sunday?" asks Caleb.

At home Dominick is watching old cine of a boy on beach. With his mother and Great Aunt they are trying to make out the legend on the boys T shirt. "Olympcs" 198? 196?". "Did you ever make footprints in the sand" Dominick asks Mavis. And "what's the point of making sandcastles" asks?

Dominick says he assumed that the other Dominick was grown up. Mavis says that his Great Great Grandfather grew up to make millions of pounds making swimpools and jacuzzi during the helath care boom. She says he may not have survived holocaust of 1999. Dominick says that they are not allowed to flip there. He promises his mother that he's not doing anything silly.

In response to a question Dominick says "No actually". Mavis picks up on this anachronism. Dominick leans over and discretely gives Mavis a yellow rose in a box which "bloomed 35 yrs before you were born".

The Fourth Flip

Dominick flips again back to Jane's house and finds her birthday party in progress. Felix jokingly says its her 65th, Dominick beleives him.

Then Jim announces that he has found Dominicks's long lost cousin - and introduces a young man to him. They start talking, the man asks if Mavis sent Dominick, Dominick is overjoyed, but the man can't keep a straight face. He's really Carl Morgan, a mate of Jim's. Dominick and Jane don't get the joke.

    

Back in the "present" Ava asks SOO - the house computer - where Dominick is. She is looking at the Rose. SOO scans Rose, but says she can't answer. Ava opens the box, sniffs the rose's beautiful sent, but then watches it whither and die.

Its after the party, just Dominick and Jane left. Jane apologises for the air freshener she's spraying and the cigarettes. Dominick says they are forbidden, and she musn't use them. Jane asks Dominick to kiss her, "and there are some things that you simply must obey" she says.

Dominick says he must go first light. They kiss. "Thank you, again, without light". Dominick falls over the clutter. "So many things". He says, then adds "Do you wish for sex?". Yes, says Jane. "Then I'll take my shower", says, Dominick. Jane is fascinated by the clothes and fastenings (wrap around shirts) as Dominick undresses.

It's Sunday morning. Dominick oversleeps. The clock moves from 4.30am to 8.30am. Dominick wakes, dresses. He's panicking, he's too late. Jane wakes up, says she's fed up with Dominick's job, the way he has to keep rushing off. "What is he, head of the secret service?".

"After this I've no idea"

Dominick rushes out.

"Don't I even get a kiss"

Dominick gets to the funfair - buts its gone. Someone tells him the fair and saucer are on their way to Herne Bay. Dominick see the saucer and lorry disappear over a flyover.

Dominick returns to a suprised Jane and says "let's go to Herne Bay".

   
  

There's a montage of them driving through a seaside town (actually Swanage in Dorset, not Herne Bay), and then walking through dunes and beach ( Studland, between Swanage and Poole).

   

Dominick Says he wont paddle in the sea. It's "forbidden". They watch a seagull - Dominick is entranced.

  

Jane says she just wants her shop and stable man. She's getting fed up with Dominick's "mock" naivety. "Let's go to the fair" says Dominick.

  

At the fairground Dominick meets up with Harry. Harry is overjoyed at the popularity of the saucer, and gives him the money for saucer. Jane realises only reason they are in Herne Bay was for saucer. She storms off.

Dominick chases after her. He suggests they could stay the night. Jane suggests they "could have a dirtyweekend in a guest house".

Morning. Jane wakes up, the teddy they'd won has a note under its arm. Money. £15.

Dominick flies away.

Home

  

Dominick arrives back, panicing. Alaric calms him. It's Kalebs annual flipside trip to see Moses and the 10 commandments.

Ava has spoken to Alric about Dominick's trips. "No more landings, thought I'd lost you" warns Alric.

Dominic goes back to Ava. She's in bed, worrying. Dominick says it was a machine fault.

Dominick sees the empty rose box. He tries to tell her about the sea, the gulls, but she's trying not to listen. Ava calls up sea video on the wall screen. She says that they can't go to the sea. She says there are "tours in cornwall", but you're "not encouraged to step in it".

  

Dominick is getting passionate, he throws Ava's tea tray away.

"SOO - seaside" - says Ava

"She can't help. You smelt the rose"

"I'm not composed" - says Ava, trying to resist Dominick's advances.

"It's our fault - you shouldnt be" - says Dominick

As they start Ava says "You've done this with another". "She's different" says Dominick

Back in the 1980s, Jim and the gang lament Dominck, Jane is sad, staring into space.

Ava talks to Alaric on the videophone. He says that Dominick's trips are over. He also introduces his new partner.

The Fifth Flip

The gang are watching a TV programme on saucers. Jim talks about a newspaper report of a sucar landing by a pub a few days ago (Dominick's first landing).

Dominick walks in and sees the video of own saucer. In the corner there's a bloke doing the pools. Dominick walks over to the gang with drinks. Jane is pleased to see him.

Dominick asks pools, "jacuzzis".

Felix talks about war - Dominick says that there'll be a war in 1999 "you must be out of London then. South America wont recover - London will".

He also says that "Midge and Felix will have home, money and babies."

Jane walks out, Dominick chases. He accidentally knocks a pushchair which begins to roll into path of a truck but is stopped just in time.

Dominick is shocked. The stories of the Berlin Olympics and Eddie Cochrane come flooding back to him.

In Jane's flat, Dominick says he wants to tell the truth, but she isn't listening.

"I love you" he says.

"I come from the future, The year 2130", says Dominick. He tells Jane the whole story, Eddie Cochrane and all.

"But you give me such life, vitality" he tells her. "There's so much we've lost"

Jane is trying to block all this out.

He tells her that he isn't allowed back, but wanted to say goodbye. He couldn't find a safe place to land until today, when he saw that the fairground was back. He wants to say goodbye.

Jane finally bursts, telling him to "just piss off", and storms into bathroom.

"It's the truth" pleads Dominick

She throws open the door. "You want the truth - I'm pregnant" says Jane.

Home and Confrontation

Dominick storms back to the "present" and into Kaleb's office.

It was "all a set up, 1 in a million", explains Kaleb.

"Your Great Grandfather was born 1981, or should have been, and now will be".

He explains that they had "scanned ahead" to ensure that there would be no problems while Dominick went back to "ensure" his own existance.

"I must see her again, to provide for her and my son" - demands Dominick

"Not granted - officially" says Kaleb with a wink.

"Dominick - do come back - wont you"

The Sixth Flip

Jane is doing her hair. Dominick walks in with roses.

"You're 3 months early" she says

"They're for my great great grandmother" he says, meaning Jane.

Jane says she's not sleeping well, "having nightmares, almost beleiving".

Dominick says it's all calculated. The baby will be a boy.

"You do pools?" Dominick gets out a paper - next Sundays!

"I cant, its cheating" says Jane. "Whats cheating mean?" rplies Dominick

Jane says that Jim is doing well selling copies of Dominick's wide brimmed hat. "Not ??? 0 Spurs 3 - thats impossible"

Jane asks if people from other planets also come in flying saucers. "People from other plaets come in diferent containers" he says. "Theres so much I want to know" says Jane. She says that Jim asked to marry her, she refused.

Dominick promises "I wont spy on you".

"Will I ever marry, if I cant marry you" asks Jane.

Dominick says he can't stay to see the brith and the baby. He can only stay til tonight. Jane says she will beleive everything if she can see him take off. They post pools.

That night they go back to the fairground, Dominick powers up the saucer and gets in.

What shall I call him?" asks Jane

"My name, Dominick, Domincik Hide"

"Be a good mother"

Dominick closes the lid, and flies away.

Epilogue and Closing Credits

The theme music starts, pictures of the beach, and then Jane filming her son, Dominick, the same film as Dominick had watched as cine.

  

The credits roll

Another beach, another time. Ava and Dominick and their son.

   
   
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Plot

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WARNING: This plot summary includes the spoiler after a spoiler break

Dominick Hide is a "corro" or "Correlator" from the year 2130. His job is to hover over 1980s London in a time machine (shaped like a classic flying saucer) and try and re-compile the London Bus timetable from observations - the written records having been destroyed in some "holocaust" in 1999.

Dominick however also has a personal interest in the past. His Great Aunt Mavis has been telling him about his Great Great Grandfather, also called Dominick Hide, who was living in "Port Beal", London around that time.

Directly dis-obeying his orders Dominick lands one night. Meetings some drunken locals he's told that "Port Beal" must be Portobello, and is given a London A to Z to find it. Dominick hurries back to his time-machine and returns home. That night he shows the book to his partner, Ava, and his friend and work colleague Alric. As he opens the book it dis-integrates - it has aged 150 years.

Undeterred, and against his partner's wishes, Dominick lands again in London 1980. Walking down Portobello Road he asks a stall holder for "Dominick Hide". Nobody knows him, but Dominick is pointed in the direction of Jim Bean. Jim is delivering some clothes to Jane, and Dominick follows him to her shop. Jane also hasn't heard of Dominick. They all go down the pub, and meet up with some of Jane and Jim's friends, during which Dominick adopts the moniker Gilbey, not telling them his true name. Then Dominick abruptly leaves to go home. At home he gives Ava, his wife, a rose he has brought back in a sealed case.

Returning a day or so later, Dominick asks Jane if she's found his long lost cousin yet. Jane asks Dominick to help her with some things back to her flat. She asks him to make coffee while she has a bath. He doesn't know how, and then walks in on Jane in the bath. They go off for supper at a restuarant, but Dominick again abruptly leaves.

Dominick's Great Aunt Mavis has unearthed some video of his great great grandfather as a young boy. She is beginning to realise that he is going back.

Dominick returns in the middle of Jane's birthday party. They spend the night together.

Ava is getting worried by Dominick's behaviour. She opens the box, smells the rose, it withers and dies.

Dominick wakes up and rushes out to get the saucer friom its hiding place at a fair ground, but it's been carted off with the funfair to Herne Bay.

Dominick impulsively invites Jane to Herne Bay for the weekend. They play on the beach, and Dominick bemoans the fact that they aren't allowed in the sea "at home". They go the funfair where Dominick makes arrangements to retrieve the saucer. Jane realises that's why they are here and storms off. They make up and spend the night in a B&B. The next morning Dominick slips out and flies home.

Dominick confronts Ava about the rose, and about how sterile their life is, "You smelt the rose".

Dominick returns again, meeting his friends in a pub. He tells them a bit of the future. Jane is pleased to see him, but quiet. Then she walks out.

Dominick follows her home, tells her the truth, that he loves her, and that he gets such vitality from her, vitality that doesn't exist in his own time.

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Jane trumps his announcement by saying that she is pregnant. All the stories about how time travellers can change the future - and hence why they are not allowed to land - come flooding back to him. In panic he flies home.

Caleb is waiting. It was all a put up job. Caleb not only knew what he was doing but had planned it. "They" knew that Dominick was indeed his own Great Great Grandfather, and so "they" had to make sure that he did indeed go back in time and do so.

"Your Great Grandfather was born 1981, or should have been, and now will be".

Dominick makes one last unofficially sanctioned trip back to see Jane. He has brought "next weeks" paper so that ane can make money on the pools to set her and her son up for life. They spend a last night together, and as he leaves she asks what to call the child.

"My name, Dominick, Dominick Hide"

Dominick leaves. The theme starts, and we see Jane videoing her son playing on the beach - the video that Dominick saw earlier. Then the credits roll, and we see Dominick and Ava and their new son on the beach.

There is also a ">full treatment and more screenshots. Note this page may take a while to download due to the number of images.


Another Flip for Dominick - Plot

To follow.

From what I remember a young Corro emulates Dominick's now legendary journey to the flipside, falls in love, but gets stuck as his saucer is seized by the authorities. Donimick is sent back to rescue the guy. Whilst there he meets up with Jane again and sees his son.

History

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A very short time line of Dominick Hide - the TV play

9 Dec 1980The Flipside of Dominick Hide broadcast as a BBC Play for Today
7 Dec 1982The Flipside of Dominick Hide repeated as a lead in to...
14 Dec 1982Another Flip for Dominick broadcast
5 Aug 1991BBC Enterprises release a double video box set of The Flipside of Dominick Hide and Another Flip for Dominick.
7 Dec 1993The video is deleted.

A slightly longer time line of Dominick Hide's universe

1980Where Dominick returns to
1981Dominick Hide's "son" born
1999The war and holocaust
????Great Aunt Mavis born
2130Dominick's "present"

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