As I emptied all the clutter that filled DS1’s school bag, I discovered a Well Done certificate, which – according to the legend on said piece of thin card – was presented to him for “having the confidence to speak in assembly”. Wow. “Well done for getting a Well Done certificate,” I said (I have a way with words). Some sort of grunt ensued. “What did you have to say in assembly?” “None of your

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“Today is a sad day , it’s the day we are leaving the EU,” said the wife. “Today is a sad day because it’s the last day of the transfer window – get your priorities right woman!” came the boy’s riposte. Sometimes, you have to love him. Then you walk into the lounge, see the rubbish tip that it has become and change your mind. No change is as good as a rest Meanwhile, the

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