When my daughter was much younger we spent hours wandering about with a bag of crayons and scrap paper stopping to copy something that took our fancy, always under the watchful eye of gallery assistants.
At last two men have been convicted of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Others complicit in the racist attack are still at liberty.
My daughter was born the year Stephen was killed at a bus stop in south east London. As a parent I can barely imagine the pain borne by Stephen’s family at all that has been lost, with the nagging certainty that other culprits have still to be brought to justice.
I have really enjoyed the Christmas break. It was lovely spending precious time with family and friends and generally messing about.
Yet like many I am apprehensive about the year to come. It was good to hear the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, emphasise the need to articulate an alternative to the current government’s policy of austerity in his New Year message.
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