Dot writes: yesterday the children and Julie were sitting in the living room and it seemed a bit dark to me, so I turned the light on and, in a little shower of sparks, the glass part of the light bulb fell out of the lampshade and onto the floor. Frank had just climbed up onto the sofa or the bulb would have fallen directly onto his head. Also, earlier today the roof-box that belongs to the car fell off the bracket on the garden wall where it lives, severing one of the strings that Ken has just put up for his hops to climb. Also, we have signed up for a SIM-only contract with Vodafone, but when I collected the new SIM and put it in my phone my phone turned out to be locked and won’t talk to me any more. So I no longer have my old Meteor service but can’t access the new Vodafone one. I have been told to ring the Meteor customer care line but warned that because my number has been transferred over to Vodafone Meteor may have trouble tracing my account.
The title is not a reference to Chinua Achebe. It is meant literally.