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Leave your phone at home day

Being without your mobile for 24 hours would suppress the need for instantaneous responses and stop Richard Barr from pocket dialling family across the pond

14 October 2015

I empathise with our dogs. From time to time, they are rebuked for doing things that come naturally, like barking at the postman, or eating the cats’ food. When they are told off, the dogs look suitably contrite, hang their heads in shame, and tuck their tails between their legs for ?the required five minutes before resuming normal boisterousness. 

And I do the same when I am given a telling off from various members of the family after performing some public duty, like doing the shopping at Sainsbury’s or walking the ?(said) dogs. Once I have hung my head for several minutes and assumed my best hangdog expression, I nervously enquire what I have done this time. 

‘You know, don’t you? Why did you ring me, my mother, and your aged aunt in America – and woke her up at 3am Eastern Standard Time?’

‘I didn’t, I didn’t, and I certainly didn’t.’

‘Produce your phone, then.’...

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