This past weekend, I had my first birthday party in more than three decades, writes Lee Suckling.

There's an early episode of Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw celebrates her 35th birthday at a restaurant alone. Despite being hesitant to have a party at all, her friends beg her to join them in an intimate get-together but none of them actually turn up on the night.

I understand Carrie's adult birthday party fear – I haven't had a birthday bash since 1986 when I turned one year old. The last time anybody sang "Happy Birthday" to me there was

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