I ache all over. But I try to get back into the work ethic. I book another couple of holidays for later this month, and it's suggested to me that maybe it would be easier if I started booking the days that I will be working. Ho, and indeed, ho.

After a long weekend with people I can empathise with and understand, it's a bit of a culture shock to be back here again, listening to views that seem strange and alien. I used to think I was fairly broad-minded and had been exposed to people from all walks of life - after all, I'd been to university, right? How wrong I was. There are a lot of very different, and occasionally plain weird people out there.