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Back at nursery, my son hit gold with the second planet (‘Veemus!’) and again with the largest (‘Judiper!’), but drew a blank when asked what planet we were standing on. ‘ERFF!’ cried his little friend Ivor, after a slight pause. ‘Ah, ERFF,’ my boy repeated, ‘that’s where Nana, Grandad and Granda live.’ Long division or not, my father’s legacy is secure.
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