COUNCILLORS are used to being heckled in the council chamber, but not usually by members of their own family, as happened to a Conservative when he took his son along to a meeting.
I was amused to hear from Councillor Andrew Retter about the time he was speaking at a meeting on T5-related matters, when he heard an indignant voice piping up, telling him he'd got it all wrong.
The heckler turned out to be 10-year-old engineering enthusiast, Benjamin, trying to tell dad that runways were irrelevant, as vertical take-offs were the thing for the future.
"He was right; it could happen," said Mr Retter,"but unfortunately not for a couple of decades!"
While on the subject of clever youngsters I was interested to read that in a recent experiment, some of today's chemistry pupils flunked O-level questions from the 1960s.
Sixteen year olds - 2,000 of them from 450 schools - sat a two-hour paper with eight questions from five decades but it was the 1960s questions that stumped them.
Well, I sympathise,as I couldn't answer them first time around; in fact I hated anything which involved Bunsen burners, flashy formulas, or dissecting animal flesh - particularly eyes.
This of course ruled out most of biology, chemistry and physics.
I did however take regular trips to the chemistry lab every Monday morning where I was sent to remove my weekend nail varnish, much to the annoyance of long-suffering chemistry teacher Mr Nicklin.
Poor man, he was the only male teacher at my all-girl school and, understandably, looked constantly bemused.
WHINGE OF WEEK: As schools open again for business, please,could English teachers ask their pupils not to follow the example of some of the media in using well-worn and extremely irritating clichés over and over and over again?
The top four on my banned list would include: 'emotional rollercoaster', 'ticking time bomb', 'over the moon', and 'accident waiting to happen'.
And please could it be punishable by death (or at least a severe ticking off) for people on property programmes to keep saying 'wow'or 'it ticks all my boxes'. It drives me MAD!