If I do go out today, I won't be picking up the Telegraph.
For my dad's favourite tv chef, kitchen goddess Nigella Lawson, has some bad ideas.
She says parents should not leave money for their children and she plans to leave her's penniless.
Nigella believes people must work for their money otherwise they become feckless.
But her hubby disagrees.
Now, a year ago, I was given an advance on my inheritence to help buy me a place of my own.
Have I been feckless or what?
No, but I can see Nigella's point.
The money has helped me sleep at night knowing that come what may, bills can be paid.
I haven't frittered any of it away, but if I have stayed in any hotels, they have been 4 star not three star and if I was hungry I would eat the nuts from the minibar, rather than starve.
No flash car, just a humble Mitsubishi Carisma, that has none.
But maybe I would have chased payment from publishers faster than I have, like I had to in Christchurch a few years back when I was broke.
Anyway, I think Nigella is wrong. One of the incentives of working hard is providing for your family, to give them a better start in life and hopefully help them avoid the hardships you endured. If I had kids , that might drive me further.
I want my parents to have a good and comfortable retirement. I don't mind if they spend much of their wealth on travel, nice cars, etc; just as long as they leave a little something.
December 11 in history
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