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  • Pie and Mash

    I’d been badgered for a while by mum to get a Saturday job but this time the threat felt real. Dad was kind of on my side, but he also was adding the pressure lately. ‘You have to get a job, Michael. We’re not going to pay for another computer game, and that’s that,’ my mother said. ‘Your mother’s right, Mikey,’ my dad said, briefly lowering his newspaper across the breakfast table. This was a Read more [...]

  • Visit to the Toy Museum

    Charlie’s Toy Museum was built on an old bombsite and had been open almost twenty-four-seven ever since 1953. Charlie Walsh and his beloved but sadly late wife, Mu, loved kids so much that they had seven of their own. When their seven had wed and increased to twenty-seven, and the twenty-seven also wed, Charlie began to lose count of the number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who filled his life with cries and screams, hopes and Read more [...]