Off to a wedding in the US and looking forward to experiencing an authentic (probably) all-American do. This appears to include several extra components, not present in the traditional British ritual. These include the wedding shower, various brunches and lunches and a ‘rehearsal dinner’. I felt compelled to point out to the groom-to-be that I have been eating solids for dinner, unsupervised (and with little incident), for 30 years now. But this, it seems, is no excuse. I am to be fed the night before, on the day itself and the day after. I’ve told Northern Boy that he is likely to have the luxury of two seats to himself on the plane back to London the following day. I’ll need to be shipped home.