EVERYONE ready? Got your Union flags close to hand for some frantic waving? At least for 45 minutes. The bunting dragged out from storage to drape between houses? And hang there limply for days long after, a sad reminder of what might have been. The fridge cleared to make space for the packs of beer? Better not be Heineken. Junk food ordered in? But no hamburgers, or pizzas. Stick to the snags and pies. And be prepared for plenty of leftovers as the disillusioned (yet again) drift away early to grieve alone. Arrangements should proceed smoothly; it’s a familiar routine. Continue reading