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Bird's eye view: Taking the cake

15 September 2006

Well, I am pleased to say my birthday celebrations passed without any inappropriate behaviour, no singing in restaurants (other than the obligatory embarrassing ‘Happy birthday to you’ by the whole restaurant), no dancing on tables or drunken mishaps. Welcome to middle age! Actually there was a family rendition of ‘The wheels on the bus’ on the way to the restaurant, greatly appreciated by my 5-year-old niece who led the chorus with gusto, but other than that we were extremely well behaved.

We came across a new concept in the restaurant, however. We have all heard of that great enemy of wedding planners – corkage – but I am proud to be able to introduce you to the concept of ‘cakeage’! My aunt, bless her, decided she wanted to take a (rather upmarket) personalised cake in to the restaurant rather than trust their selection, but was informed by the maitre d’ that there would be a charge, per person, for the use of plates and cake forks if we supplied our own c...

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