Things are, erm, a bit hectic at the moment. We are tired, we are frazzled, the Cheetah Keeper and his sister are snotty, I am still on the antibiotics and, thrown into the mix is the annual ‘teacher Christmas shopping’ day. This ‘occasional day’ is one that the school can use for having a day off for the sake of having the day off – and instead of tacking it onto the holidays at some point, it is, for us the first Monday in December. Not that the rest of us seem to manage without a shopping day (it would annoy me less if it wasn’t referred to openly as a shopping day) – this funny thing called the internet still works in the middle of the night. Anyway, I could rant at length but I’m not going to – because the Christmas shopping day allowed us to sneak in an extra trip to Whipsnade – to see the baby giraffe.