"You hear laughter breaking through, it makes you want to fart. You’re heading for a breakdown, better pull yourself apart. " - John Cooper Clarke

>Oh what a lovely weekend.

>My parents came to Brussels for a short stay this weekend so the Twat and I met up with them on the Friday for a drink and supper and then prepared an enormous barbecue with meat generously supplied by my dad on the Saturday because he doesn’t trust Belgian meat. Or our cooking. Or whatever. The children came around which was nice as it happened to be Todd’s 16th birthday – already, and much fun was had playing Swingball with the new one provided by the ‘grandparents’. The kids left during the early afternoon as the girls have to revise for exams they have to re-sit, and Todd went off to see friends.

My parents, the Twat and I carried on drinking into the late afternoon, catching up on news and then drinking coffee until it was time to say goodbye for another year only, this time, as it appears that my brothers are thinking of cycling over next year via Amsterdam and their families will either come by car or get on the Eurostar. I’m looking forward to it as there are 3 nieces that I still haven’t met, and we haven’t had a family reunion in years. We’ll see how it goes. My main concern is the size of my garden – I’m not sure that it’s big enough, but we’ll see.

The Twat is staying with friends for the time-being so Todd has taken it upon himself to sleep here tonight as I heard someone try and break into the house around 11pm last night. That boy has really changed, and I’m very proud of him.

He’s going to come and protect his mum.