More than 10 years ago when we were students I met Alex T through Alex H. He and I sat up late one night in the flat I shared in Spottiswoode Street, Edinburgh, and he said he didn’t have any female friends. I told him that I would be his female friend. We shook hands on it and have been friends ever since. Then we rode through the streets of Marchmont on the back of an open Land Rover and were stopped by the police.
Now he and his wife have three children and no peace. They are both deeply loving and patient but are busily creating rods for their own backs. Children need discipline. Parents need it even more.