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  • Since we have recently moved back from the Mediterranean we have no desire to go sun-seeking for our family holiday so we decided to embrace the great british institution of camping. We figure it's cheapish and our son will love the adventure so we have thrown ourselves in headlong and kitted ourselves out.

    However there was one important thing - clothing. He (getting into the spirit) decided that we needed outdoor clothing of the quick-dry and active-wear variety if we are going to go back to nature. So we took ourselves to a major outdoor/camping type shop and I dutifully tootled off to the ladies' section.

    Half an hour later and he was modelling some very groovy looking super-cool snowboarder type outfit and looking slim and 10 years younger. My foray into the best of the ladieswear left me looking like an elderly caravan enthusiast. Bah. He can keep his rip-stop high-top drip-dry - I'm off to M&S, in support of another great british institution.

    And if it keeps pissing down I shall patriotically check into a B&B.
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