* Shrove Tuesday. We made pancakes, and we were discussing the scientific aspects of irreversible change. I asked my class of four-year-olds if we could get the flour, eggs and milk back out of the mxture we had made. Charlie said: "No." I asked him to explain why not. He looked at me as if I was barmy and said: "Because we ate all the pancakes."
* On our trip to the pantomime, Emma, seven, was confused as Aladdin was being played by Bonnie Langford. "But I don't understand," she whispered to Stephanie, also seven. "She wants to marry the princess, but they're both girls." "You've got to use your imagination," Stephanie replied. "She's a girl playing a boy." After a pause, she added: "Or they could be lesbians."