COMMENT:

A friend of mine is celebrating a significant birthday soon.

She rang me to tell me to hold the date, and said it would be a party in a private room at a local restaurant and that there would be about 20 of us.

And then she added that the Rugby World Cup final would also be on that night, but kick-off was at 10pm.

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If we're in the final, she said, we'll be off home and watch it together. If not, well, we'll just carry on partying.

I said that sounded like a perfect plan and put the

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