Have you booked a foreign holiday this summer and what the f**k were you thinking?

GOVERNMENT quarantine rules have made foreign holidays impossible this summer. But have you already booked one and if so, how thick are you? Find out: 

What are your plans for the summer? 

A) Hopefully at some stage, if the vaccines work, we’ll be able to leave the house and see family and maybe even visit a pub. Unlikely, I know, but we dare to dream.
B) Two weeks in Rhodes. It’s all booked, flight and hotel and everything. And they wouldn’t let you book it unless it was happening, would they?

Do you consider going abroad a gamble? 

A) It’s more like a full evening in a casino in that however much money you pour in you’ll lose and international pandemic protocols will win.
B) Gamble? Safe as houses mate. We’ve been going the Algarve for 20 years so minor issues like Covid or Brexit won’t change nothing.

What will you do if you can’t leave the country for a holiday? 

A) We’ll celebrate the UK’s many holiday destinations by trying to find one without too many Brits ruining it in their f**king football tops and big shorts.
B) If Florida gets called off we’ll make do with Lanzarote or Ibiza or even Disneyland Paris. The kids will be disappointed but it’s the circumstances, isn’t it?

Is your deposit refundable?

A) Sadly the campsite in Pembrokeshire will keep our £450 if we’re banned from going to Wales in July. It’s an acceptable loss.
B) It’s all ABTA and stuff now isn’t it, so they’ll look after us if anything goes wrong. Though we didn’t book from a travel agent because it was cheaper on the internet.

Any other plans? 

A) It may seem extravagant, but I’d really like to visit Nando’s and a cinema like in the old days. But I doubt it’ll happen.
B) Swimming with dolphins, jet-skiing, scuba diving, Euro 2021 and Latitude.


Mostly As: Perhaps you’re being over-cautious but at least you’re realistic. That Nando’s won’t happen.

Mostly Bs: You have not thought this through and will try and bulldoze your way to a fortnight in the sun regardless. And Boris Johnson will probably cave in and let you, like with Christmas.

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Six ways to outsource your job to your children

YOU’RE working from home and the kids are learning from home, so why not get your kids to do your job for you?  


Instead of slaving through the weekly Excel spreadsheet data input yourself, sit back with your feet up while they do it in the name of mathematics. Today’s lesson is making all the figures in each row and column match the totals before 12.30pm so Trevor in accounts doesn’t throw a shit fit.

English comprehension and composition

First, read and try and understand an email from the boss about the company’s 2021 values statement, then try to be among the first to reply positively while avoiding any kind of commitment to becoming an unpaid internal values ambassador. Real-world skills.

Advanced maths

For a real challenge, why not attempt to claim back perfectly legitimate expenses? Businesses make it as hard as possible to get the money you’re owed, so it will test the skills of even the most gifted prodigy to successfully be awarded £14.20 for coffees with a client last August.


You get copied in on so many reports, at least half of which have nothing to do with you. Farm out all but the most important ones to your children to read, set a deadline, and get them to regurgitate all the key facts into a bullet-pointed summary. When they say ‘But mum, this is meaningless nonsense,’ they’ve learned the most important lesson of all.

Improvisational drama

Next Zoom meeting, turn your camera off and get your 14-year-old to pose as you, pretending they know what the meeting’s about, why they’re attending and what it hopes to achieve. Watch as they do surprisingly well because they’re used to doing exactly the same thing in their lessons.


Online training sessions really get in the way of watching Tipping Point, with their requirements to click to continue and questions afterwards. And if you don’t get a high enough score you have to watch again as punishment. Tell kids it’s an IT lesson and watch them focus on racking up a high score then bragging about it on TikTok.