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Sunday 26th January 2020

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Another fun day with my family. For much of the time my daughter pretended to be a cat and we could only communicate with miaows. Which we did quite effectively.
My wife, as (checks notes) “the most famous local author” (cough), had been asked to open a local book exchange facility. To be fair she’s written more books than me and loads of mine just contain stupid questions so I didn’t make a fuss or shout “This is ridiculous” as she cut the ribbon. I just thought it.
We went out for lunch in a nice local pub that we’d never been to before and the kids were pretty well behaved as long as you’re not offended by miaowing. The signs that we might be able to operate as almost normal people again are beginning to appear. 
Our jobs sometimes mean we can’t do the family weekend stuff as much as we’d like to, but we’re trying to keep that to a minimum and I think we can start getting a bit more adventurous in our choices now. Also, although we’re far from well rested, we’re not longer totally exhausted and the prospect of taking the kids out to see and do stuff is now appealing.
Though it’s still fun to sit in front of the fire and watch movies with them. We watched Fantasia 2000 today which they both seemed glued too. And then had time for “The Good Dinosaur” which again was perfect for both of them. Phoebe has 1000 questions about everything, but she feels every emotion so strongly. Kids films don’t seem to shy away from killing off major characters, so I suppose it’s not a surprise that they worry that things might go awry for the protagonists. It’s hard to be gripped by any film as an adult, but these kids’ films generally do a great job of pulling in their target audience. She really loves Inside Out and wants to watch it every time we select a film, but she’s learning about her emotions and how they work, so it’s not surprisingly that she’s fascinated by this one. It’s very good by the way. If you haven’t seen it.
The Good Dinosaur is not as good, but it’s full of dinosaurs so that’s a plus. It envisages a world where the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs misses the earth and so dinosaurs and photo-humans lived side by side (and dinosaurs can talk and farm). I am not prepared to let this misunderstanding of evolution go and that is why it only gets two stars from me. 
My son sat still snuggled in next to me for a big chunk of the film, absolutely rapt, so for that reason I give it five stars. Anything that keeps him still is worth a thousand pounds.Which is why I spent a thousand pounds on a baby sized Hannibal Lecter restraint cage and mask.


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