Over the Christmas break I spent some concentrated time with my nephew and niece, five years and two and half respectively. We read books, played games and watched TV. Hanging out with these two for a few days was quite enlightening. I noticed, unlike me, they only ate when they were hungry. Even the tempting things like chocolate and sweets held little appeal if they were full. Had I taken such wisdom on board I wouldn’t be sitting here today about to apply for Independent Republic status for my behind. Yes it is very definitely the size of a small country after the Christmas excesses. The other wonderful thing about little kids is their capacity for ‘again’.