SIR HUMPHREY: ‘ Round the Houses Speak ‘. Nothing is more aggravating and frustrating than trying to get a relevant and sensible answer from officials. The reply is what they want to say and have little to do with your request or the matter in hand. I seem to be encountering this scenario more and more and expect many readers have the same experience. What can be done? Any ideas gratefully received.

REPETITIVE CHRISTMAS: Am I alone in being fed up with the diet of repeats of TV shows every Christmas. Sure, many of them were good but, wouldn’t it be nice to see something new? Some have been seen so often that one could almost repeat them word for word.

SMILE FOR THE DAY: Good King Wenceslas was making his annual Christmas visit to his subjects and businesses in the nearby town. He enters his favourite Pizza shop. Shop Owner: Your usual your highness? Wenceslas: Yes, as long as it is deep pan, crisp and even.

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