Sometimes it’s not so good to share ...

Gordon Holmes
Gordon Holmes

by Gordon Holmes

It’s fair to say it’s not been the healthiest start to 2015.

Here at FFP Towers, the normal daily sounds of clattering keyboards, trilling phones and cursing at computers, has been accompanied by a chorus of coughing, sneezing, wheezing and groaning as various bugs, viruses and assorted complaints make their way round our big, open plan office in a spirit of integration that probably wasn’t what was in mind when the ‘shared’ newsroom was created.

Meanwhile, back at Chez Holmes, it was a proper family affair at the weekend with all four of us suffering from one complaint or another, and sometimes more than one.

Holmes Jnr was first with a cough and general malaise and by Sunday, two-year-old Little Miss was croaking and sounding like she smoked 40 fags a day, while S was totally choked up and had a nose, which, if it had happened a month earlier, would have been in danger of putting Rudolph out of a job...

As for me, well I developed a hacking cough that at times felt like it was going to turn me inside out, while I also awoke one morning wondering when during night the herd of wild stallions had stampeded all over my body.

But, of course, being a man, I didn’t let it bother me and carried on regardless without any moaning whatsoever...

Taking the tablets: Our ancient (ie over 10 years old) PC can no longer cope with modern life so we’ve decided to get a tablet to replace it. Sounds simple, except I will not part with that kind of money until I am 100% sure I am buying the right thing. So I’ve checked online, read reviews, looked at them in-store, re-read reviews, until finally I promised a sceptical S that I will buy one this weekend.

No idea which one though...