Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Sunday, 25 October 2009



Saturday was manic. We had tickets for a matinee performance of Twelfth Night at Stratford. Only when I booked last year I hadn't realised that this was the first day of half term. The roads were packed and so were the motorway cafes (if I was looking for a new business opportunity I would rent a small space in a service station and use a kettle and a jar of instant coffee and serve mugs at £1 a time - I queued for 25 minutes for  giant paper cups of  too-strong coffee when all we wanted were small cups and we paid £7 for the pleasure).

We arrived at 12, had time for a quick sandwich before the play started at 1.30. Richard Wilson was brilliant as was the entire cast, which also included Hugo from the Vicar of Dibley. Then it was a mad dash home, through torrential rain and black skies so that we wouldn't miss the X Factor.


  1. We have got fed up with paying motorway prices and now take our own drinks and sandwiches with us when we go travelling. The cool bags that I bought soon paid for themselves.

  2. always check school holiday dates !!