Tranquil times at the library

Ewan McGregor  as Renton in Trainspotting - the gender neutral toilets Zella has visited are almost as grubby

ZELLA COMPTON: Men – just aim it in the right direction and we’ll all be happy!

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As mayhem/turmoil/insanity makes its annual appearance over the next six weeks, I’ve found a place where we can all find a little solitude.

I don’t blame kids for going crazy during the summer holidays.

For the past nine months they’ve been toeing the line and doing what they’re told (to a certain extent).

This is their time. A time for cutting loose and burning the candle at both ends from dawn until dusk, despite the financial and psychological cost to their parents.

But I’ve found a place where you can take your child and where it is the law to be calm, collected and more importantly, silent.

The library.

I took my daughter there today and we were surrounded by children slumped in chairs and lolloping on the floor reading books.

It was like stepping into a vacuum.

Even the little tyke rolling around the floor wrestling the stuffed crocodile chair sounded as if someone had switched him to mute.

It’s an oasis of literary tranquillity.