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Here I am spending a few days in the Loire valley, enjoying a long leisurely lunch on the banks of this amazing river and the next thing? A stressed mother and father with thirteen offspring sit at the next table screaming, arguing and every sentence begins with “Like…”. I’m quite expecting fourteen smart phones to be produced at any minute and stared at.

But in fact they were a delight and I loved every minute of their visit. I thought mother had every reason to look stressed out. Father marched about looking important but actually did nothing of any use at all. Sounds familiar.

Christopher Macgowan