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Country Life Every Week - - TOWN & COUNTRY NOTEBOOK - L. L., Worces­ter­shire

QI re­cently sent a mod­er­ately risqué text mes­sage in­tended for my hus­band to his fa­ther by mis­take. I soon re­alised my er­ror and quickly ex­plained. He didn’t take of­fence and re­sponded jovially, but has since been mes­sag­ing me with some reg­u­lar­ity, which is start­ing to make me un­com­fort­able. What do I do?

AI know ex­actly what you mean—noth­ing ac­tu­ally preda­tory, but just nudg­ing the line. What you do is this: first, find a tiny, tiny child from within the fam­ily. Be­ing a tiny, tiny child, it will know how to cre­ate some­thing on your phone called a What­sapp Group Chat be­tween you and your fam­ily mem­bers.

Be sure to add your fa­ther-in-law, your hus­band and the child, send­ing a chortling mes­sage of wel­come in the aren’t-we-all-hav­ing-fun tone of Mrs Dur­rell in that splen­did tele­vi­sion se­ries. There­after, use only this fo­rum when mes­sag­ing your hus­band’s fa­ther.

It be­comes self-polic­ing: if he makes off-colour re­marks, the tiny, tiny child will ping back ‘Yuk! In­ap­pro­pri­ate!’. How­ever, he won’t do so, be­cause he is now be­ing watched.

Res­i­dent agony un­cle Kit Hes­keth­har­vey solves your dilem­mas

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