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The question - Bad memories

In the film 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' released last week, Jim Carrey has his mind altered by scientists to remove all memory of a painful relationship.

This week we ask: If the technology was available which memories would you erase?

I have no memory of a painful relationship, so I must already have the technology.

Geoff Home, 54, director, Ripon I remember looking in the mirror on numerous mornings and wondering why my forehead was getting progressively bigger. It would be nice to have memories of looking in the mirror and thinking where is the hair gel, rather than where is the Mister Sheen?

Kevin 'Kojak' McFarlane, 38, project manager, London I would erase being mugged in December 1991. Not a memory I like very much. I was travelling on a bus home from college when three youths approached me and asked me for money and jewellery. I refused. One pulled out a Stanley knife and proceeded to cut one of my fingers off. He only half managed it and I came away with needing a couple of tendons repaired and eight stitches. My two treasured rings were taken from me along with my watch. They all paid for it though. I found out their names, identified them and they all went to prison for three years.

Lee Durnford, 33, technical advisor, Croydon I suspect that some of my memories have already been erased. I can't remember why I ever imagined that eight years of training to become an overworked, underpaid chartered engineer was a remotely good idea.

Andria Hubbard, ladies don't reveal their age, structural engineer, Exeter Four years ago I was (wrongly) accused by a former employer of sending malicious e-mails to a director. Despite denying this, the onus was on me to prove my innocence. Under UK libel law you have to prove yourself innocent and unless you have unlimited funds that is impossible. After a long and complex process I feel I was denied justice and lost the case. I totally lost all sense of fairness in the British legal system and was almost bankrupted. It did allow my wife and myself to refocus our lives and to assess what is important in life (and it is not work). The whole tragic episode brought us closer together and we now live happily for today.

David Frankl, 50, consultant, Buckinghamshire Why erase anything? So much is learned even from the most painful and traumatic experience. We would not be who we are if we did not learn or experience things.

Being able to compare the difference in experiences is part of life and makes us interesting.

Before you ask - yes, I do have many experiences, some very painful, and one in particular that I would not wish to re-live, and bury deeply. I have also been through an ultimate life changing scenario, but that is why I am who I am.

Dan Hooper, 42, site supervisor, Taunton I would erase the memories of endless days and nights refurbishing various motorways on 24 hours a day seven days a week lane rental contracts.

Brian Rousell, 32, construction support team, Sussex I would be more interested in what can be put in rather than what can be removed!

David Murray, head of council property, Melton Mowbray

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