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Donkin's World: Bicycle Bits

...The house sort of implodes when George comes home. There's an earthquake whenever he goes upstairs. He has some ridiculous "animal feet" slippers that Pippa, our Jack Russell, has decided are wild and dangerous...

Richard Donkin tells of the "joys'' pf home life.

George came home this weekend and cannibalised his old bike. He's living in Southsea this year, not far from my cousin Andrew who gave him his old bike. It has a wobbly wheel so George's idea is to use the serviceable bits on his bike to replace the worn out bits on Andrew's bike.

He stripped the frame almost bare apart from the pedals and didn't have an Allen key big enough for that job. I have a set of Allen keys somewhere. But our Allen keys are the sort of use-every-now-and-again tools that, inexplicably, have never found their way in to a tool box.

Gill said she knew where they were but that I had moved them. I, who am incapable of remembering about 90 per cent of the things I do on any particular day, could not argue one way or the other. It's quite possible I did move them. I wanted to chuck the bike away but because of the pedals it is now in junk limbo, a victim of rubbish blight on account of its re-usable pedals.

The house sort of implodes when George comes home. There's an earthquake whenever he goes upstairs. He has some ridiculous "animal feet" slippers that Pippa, our Jack Russell, has decided are wild and dangerous (we view George in rather the same light). So he walks in to the room and the dog attacks - chaos. I guess this was normal family life once, but as the nestlings have moved on, Gill and me are getting used to a quieter life.

The fridge looks as if it has been grazed by locusts, the toilet paper has all but disappeared, there are wet towels strewn around the bathroom and bedrooms and the doors are hanging off their hinges. It is as if a foraging army has passed through town, taken its fill, and moved on. Today he's gone to his girlfriend's house. I hope they're insured.

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