Conversation chez Klein the other night:
Daisy: Mum, you know you said that you’d be happy to help me with my English homework? Well, I’ve got this essay…
Me: Sure, what are you writing about?
Me; Awww, I hate Othello! I’ve never liked it, even when I was at school. It’s pants!
Daisy: That’s not very helpful. Or very mature.
Me: Sorry, you’re right. OK, fire away, what did you want to ask me?
Daisy: Well, you know how Iago hates Cassio…
Me: He invented the programmable calculator, you know.
Me: Cassio. Invented the programmable calculator, ha, ha.
Daisy (coldly): Yes. Well. Anyway, if we could get on. In this scene here, when Brabantio says…
Me: Do they mention his wife?
Daisy: Whose wife?!
Me: Brabantio’s wife, Brabantia. She invented the pedal-bin…
Daisy: The wha…?
Me: And the ironing-board!
Homework was never this much fun when I was at school.