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July/August 2010

Markie's not getting his bonus this year. 

Oops. Hard times ahead. 

He's spitting blood. And so am I. All the hours he puts in. Now he's trying to get me back to work.

No! Cheeky sod.

He seems to think that once Theo's at big school, my work is done. 

They have no idea, do they? What's involved. They think we spend all day nattering.

If only. 

So little Theo's off to Orchard Prep then?

Possibly, yes...Ultimately, it's up to Theo, though. Isn't it?

Is it

Orchard may have worked well for India and Dylan. But not all kids are the same, are they?

It's a super little school...

So I've said to him, you can follow your brother and sister to Orchard. If that's what you want. Or you can get to know the kids on your doorstep. I told him, when your mates are right there, you can play in the park with them. Every single night.

Put like that...

He thought about it very seriously. He said: "Mummy, I'd like to go to the local school. I'd like to get to know ordinary, local people."

Isn't that lovely?

And I respect the choice he's made. 

Plus it takes the heat off you a bit.

It's not about that.

No.

If Theo had said he wanted Orchard Prep...

Orchard Prep it would be.

But I said to Markie...It's like David Cameron said. We've all had to make a few savings at home.

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