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Tuesday 21 June 1994

This afternoon I had to stop them writing more letters to Dr Claire. She has to have a chance to reply.

Axel scribbled on his pad, 'Just one more, a really tough one...'

'OK,' I said, 'Only if you're genuinely interested in the answer.'

'I yam, I yam,' he wrote in his scribble book.

I dropped off the supermarket bag full of letters at Virginia's surgery after school. Lucky I wasn't there when she opened it.

Then I scurried home and made the best of what was left of the shortest day of the year.

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