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Forget your troubles, come on, get happier…

It’s too cold, the kitchen’s in piece and my arthritis is playing up. But, as ever, my pupils put my niggles in perspective

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I’m feeling out of sorts and in need of someone to take pity on me, but Mrs Eddison is too busy. She stomped out of the door an hour ago to attend an morning fee-earners meeting at work. Every month, she and other senior employees are herded into a boardroom and subjected to a sustained barrage of coffee, Danish pastries and bollockings for not meeting targets.

My own misery is more ambiguous and can be traced to several health issues. My arthritic joints are unhappy with winter and have stiffened their resolve against it. I have a lingering cold and a persistent cough intent on depriving me ...

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