I buy a Black and Decker jigsaw and decide to make A. an art box . I make a sketch in the notebook in which, in grammar school cursive, I copy out quotes: Orwell, for instance: ‘The trouble with competitions is that someone always wins.’ I go to Southampton for a visit to make it so that it will be a surprise. They are all very kind as I bash away at whatever it is. I give it to A., who immediately says “I don’t like it”. 40-0dd years later I find the notebook and the sketch: she was quite right.