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Visionary ideas

When I grew up, I wanted to be an engine driver. Still do in fact. But my parents palmed me off with a train set, packed me off to grammar school, and that was that.

When I grew up, I wanted to be an engine driver. Still do in fact. But my parents palmed me off with a train set, packed me off to grammar school, and that was that.

Alex, on the other hand, never shared his dad’s fascination with locomotives. Which is just as well, because the lad could not tell a red signal from a green one to save his life or anyone else’s.

It was always on the cards. Janet’s father cannot tell red from green. So it seems that colour blindness, or colour vision deficiency if you prefer, runs in the family – like grandfather, like grandson.

Not that Janet’s father considers it a deficiency. ‘How do you know I’m not seeing things as they really are?’ he says. Knowing him to have strong feelings on the subject, we quickly agree.

As for Alex,

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