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Lockdown diary: Missing chargers and a different type of birthday for our grown-up children

Mark Bain


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'When Monday starts (again) it's the annual round of family messages for Gina's 19th birthday.' File image

'When Monday starts (again) it's the annual round of family messages for Gina's 19th birthday.' File image

'When Monday starts (again) it's the annual round of family messages for Gina's 19th birthday.' File image

By the end of November the days are supposed to be shorter. I beg to differ. Monday should start around 8am with the alarm going off. Mine starts at 12.45am with the phone going off.

Shorn of two children, a family of five becoming a family of three for a few days as two head back to university in Belfast, the house is quieter.

But though he isn't a big football fan, Rowan (20) will today be delighted that a last minute winner for Manchester United on Sunday afternoon kept me up watching a recording of Match of the Day. A crisis is brewing.


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