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May 18, 2002
A favourite tune of Vincent's is Duke Ellington's ‘Caravan'. Whenever he hears the lilting tune, it reminds him of summer holidays sharing a six berth with his adopted family. Vincent's lasting memories of the time are the acrid smell of calor gas lamps and stalk-eyed crabs held captive in buckets beneath the caravan. Sometimes, a bearded man would walk around the site wearing nothing but sandals and bright yellow swimming trunks. Vincent's adopted parents never understood the man's idiosyncratic ways. Whenever he appeared, his mother would jokingly say "Here's Nature Boy." Vincent would smile but silently admire his free-thinking style.