Around 1969 or so, when I was living in Grenada, I occasionally used to sleep on
top of forty sticks of dynamite, a habit of which my housekeeper Cynthia disapproved.
Cynthia was Trinidadian, middle-aged, and regarded me as one might regard a fractious
ten-year-old. I make no comment on this except to observe that I was in my late
thirties and unmarried and, possibly, that the term 'bossy-boots' may well -- so
I have often thought -- have been coined to describe middle-aged West Indian ladies
in general and Cynthia in particular.