I’m working on a project in the Channel Islands and it has been fascinating getting to understand the rivalry between Jersey and Guernsey (the project doesn’t involve Alderney).
This is apparent when reviewing the Guernsey and Jersey newspapers, where they take any opportunity presented for a little inter-island friction.
I liken the way the islands interact to sibling squabbles, something I know a lot about as my brother and I are world experts in pushing the buttons that wind each other up.
We’ve never grown out of it, and although I love my brother very much, there is nothing quite as much fun as scoring a point or two at his expense.
So I just thought I’d use my blog to congratulate him on becoming a grandfather.
Of course, that makes me a great aunt, but I like the idea of this. It sounds rather dotty and a bit distinguished. My mum is also pleased to be a great-grandmother and my nephew isn’t bothered about becoming a half-uncle.
But the thought of being grandad is bound to be another little insult I can use to great advantage during the next spat with my brother.