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I'll never forget
the first time -
that massive kiss.
It was past eight.
I was eighteen.
It was raining.
I worried I was late.
Rushed out of work
nervy and anxious.
My hands shook.
It was momentous.
My palms sweated.
I trembled. I bit my lip.
At the last minute,
I worried about my choice.
I was secretive.
I made sure nobody saw.
Then, ever so carefully
I drew my kiss, checked
the right box, a bag of nerves.
Crossed my fingers for my candidate.
It was nearly polling time.
Past eight. I was nearly late.
I felt empathy with the suffragettes.
I whispered one name
all the way home:
Emmeline Pankhurst, under the stars,
under the equal light of the moon.
Emmeline Pankhurst, know this:
I have drawn my first cross.
Cheers , XXX

Jackie Kay

When you turn EIGHTEEN life's full of kicks
Down the pub with your friends you may mix
In the eyes of the law
You're an adult, what's more
You can get into all the good flicks

A Stanton

ShuttleThe longest space shuttle flight was 18 days.

The Earth has 18 times the mass of Mercury.

Liverpool Football Club has won the English football league 18 times.

The cubit, a biblical measure, is 18 inches.

At the age of 18 in Britain you become an adult in the eyes of the law. You can: vote; serve on a jury; and buy alcohol in a bar.

Great BritianThere are 18 island countries in the world with populations over 1 million. Of these Great Britain has the fourth highest population.

Argon is a colourless, odourless gas with atomic number 18 . It is grouped as an inert gas.

Australian Rules football is played between teams of 18 players.

There are only 18 verbs in Basic English, a simple version of English designed as a way into Standard English for foreign learners.

GolfMany golf courses have 18 holes.

Croquet lawns are 18 metres wide (and 27 metres long).

The largest species of dragonfly today have wingspans of 18 centimetres, but fossils related to dragonflies have been found with wingspans of 70 centimetres.

There are 18 inhabited islands in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic (and four uninhabited islands).