Jane’s radio-alarm woke me up around 3:45am this morning. Radio 1’s early-morning film-review show was on. Within a few seconds Jane reached over and blearily hit the snooze button. “I was listening to that!” I protested. Jane laughed and ignored me.

My radio-alarm kicked into life around fifteen minutes later. And Jane got up. (Maybe we should swap sides in bed!) Ninety minutes later — once Jane had packed her small rucksack, unpacked, packed everything into a suitcase, unpacked the suitcase, and finally re-packed everything into her small rucksack once again — I dropped Jane and her older sister, Pauline, off at Edinburgh airport, en route for a four-day break in Prague, Czech Republic (as opposed to the Prague just outside Birmingham!!?).

I was telling Mum on the phone last night that Jane and Pauline were heading off to Prague today (although on the phone I used the word “tomorrow”, as it was yesterday when I told her that).
“Why on earth is she going to Prague?” Mum asked.
“Why on earth are you going to Prague?” I asked Jane, who had just walked into the room.
“The markets,” she replied. And she was serious. Jane and her sister have flown halfway across … the, er… flown halfway across twice-the-distance-between-Prague-and-Edinburgh to go shopping. At a market. Like the ones you get at Kinross, not 30 miles from here. (Although, to be fair, that is technically a car-boot sale, and not as picturesque as Prague.)

Girls, eh! Shopping! Hasn’t she heard of the internet?! I can’t think of anything I’d want that I couldn’t get from Amazon. Honestly…!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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