When I started this blog, the twins were polishing their applications to apply for university. Only two years on, I have just popped in on Perran who is now happily ensconced in Bristol at the top of a Georgian house full of students. From his palatial room, he surveys the university he has come to love.
He had not told us that he’d had the bravery to join the 150 dancers auditioning for a few places in the much-hyped Fuze fashion and dance event.
But he did tell us once he’d been selected.
Meanwhile, Carenza had casually mentioned that she also had a fish to fry. After harsh parental interrogation, she divulged that she had launched a bid to become president of the JCR at St Hugh’s College.
Even to stand demanded grit. She has published a focused manifesto and spoken at hustings in a packed and beery bar. She also had to eat a punishing number of burritos (apparently).
On the night when the votes came in, I was visiting my parents in Cornwall, Nigel was with his in Northumberland. Perran was waiting in Bristol and Pascoe had joined Nigel in Northumberland. Over the course of the evening, we each, in our separate locations, kept taking out our mobiles and frowning at them thoughtfully. Finally, at around 9pm, Carenza sent us her news.
She was president.
It was only a text, but we could definitely hear the chink of champagne glasses in the background.
Two years on, the twins could be said to have their feet under the table.