To wonder why my brother signed my birthday card "Kenneth Branagh" when he isn't

(136 Posts)
firemansamisnormansdad Thu 30-Aug-12 19:39:47


MrsKeithRichards Thu 30-Aug-12 19:48:28

You got a card of your brother signed in some random name?

Teamumizumi Thu 30-Aug-12 19:48:35

Was it a joke? Who's Kenneth Branagh anyway?

Euphemia Thu 30-Aug-12 19:50:10

Who's Kenneth Branagh?! shock

PureMorning Thu 30-Aug-12 19:50:23

My dad writes his full name then puts (i.e your father) at the the bottom of the card

blueraincoat Thu 30-Aug-12 19:50:55

That's brilliant. grin

complexnumber Thu 30-Aug-12 19:51:18

No! I'm Kenneth Branagh!!

PureMorning Thu 30-Aug-12 19:51:33

Also dontknow who kenneth branagh is, just assumed itwas a random name, is he well known?

jeee Thu 30-Aug-12 19:52:34

A subtle way of telling you about his name change by deed poll?


CaliforniaLeaving Thu 30-Aug-12 19:53:25
ArthurPewty Thu 30-Aug-12 19:54:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PureMorning Thu 30-Aug-12 19:55:31

Oh professor lockheart in Harry potter, I know who he is! grin

firemansamisnormansdad Thu 30-Aug-12 19:55:50

He wrote "happy birthday love XXX, XXX and XXXX (Kenneth Branagh). there are 3 of them in the family so i don't know whether they're expecting again and are going to call the new baby Kenneth Branagh or whether they've got a new cat. Kenneth Branagh is an actor who was married to Emma Thompson and was Professor Lockhart in the 2nd Harry Potter film. He is currently Wallendar and was the bloke in the top hat at the Olympics opening ceremony who everyone thought was Abraham lincoln. But still, totally random.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Thu 30-Aug-12 19:56:16

Never heard of Kenneth?
(shakes head at ignorance of the young these days)

He is an object of lust for many on MN.

StuntGirl Thu 30-Aug-12 19:56:43

Er...ask him?

TallDwarf Thu 30-Aug-12 19:59:32

I think it's quite funny! grin

BerthaKitt Thu 30-Aug-12 20:00:37

Did your SIL sign her name as Sharon or did she use a made-up one too?

Mooskit Thu 30-Aug-12 20:03:23

My DH once signed my birthday card with his signature, I have never let him forget it smile

QuangleWangleQuee Thu 30-Aug-12 20:05:56

Baffling. Please ask him.

DisabilEightiesChick Thu 30-Aug-12 20:06:13

Is he referring to his DC? Who has maybe taken up 'performing' to the family lately? Or are they old enough to be doing drama classes or something? Just a guess.

Laurence Olivier.

LineRunner Thu 30-Aug-12 20:09:02

I agree, he's gone into Am Dram.

And it's Sir Kenneth Branagh.

YouMakeMeWannaLaLa Thu 30-Aug-12 20:09:11

My brother put in my wedding card "now that you are married, your naked couplings will no longer make the baby Jesus cry". He was joking, I think.

In the card when I had ds he put "congrats on yer crab". Ds is a cancer.

picnicbasketcase Thu 30-Aug-12 20:10:28

I just did a very loud cackle at the 'naked couplings' thing, that is brilliant grin

MeanAndMeaslyGabeeshAges Thu 30-Aug-12 20:11:39

Has anyone ever told him he looks like Ken?

Youmakemewanna I like your brother's style! Sort of things I would say smile

firemansamisnormansdad Thu 30-Aug-12 20:15:13

Baby is about 9 months old. A bit young to be soliloquising...

gordyslovesheep Thu 30-Aug-12 20:15:53

I think it's hysterical sighned The Pope

LineRunner Thu 30-Aug-12 20:16:00

Is it a witty allusion to Branagh's role in the Olympic ceremony?

Hassled Thu 30-Aug-12 20:19:38

Ken B was Brunel in the Olympic Ceremony. Is your DB an engineer?
Plus - he quoted from The Tempest (as Brunel). Is your DB on an island?

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 30-Aug-12 20:22:59

YouMakeMeWanna. Your brother is fab smile
Thought went into that.

Op, WTF is right. Kenneth Branagh? Did you ask him yet what he meant.

firemansamisnormansdad Thu 30-Aug-12 20:23:51

I think he is on his own island in his head.

Chubfuddler Thu 30-Aug-12 20:26:05

I don't know if I am more astonished that there are grown ups who have never heard of Kenneth Branagh, or that Kenneth Branagh = professor Lockheart

WilfSell Thu 30-Aug-12 20:27:50

Does he work in IT? According to Google Apparently Kenneth Branagh is slang for computer scanner. But probably only among sad nerds.

Funnylittleturkishdelight Thu 30-Aug-12 20:28:01

My brother does the best birthday cards with drawings and bits of twig, stone, pennies inside. It is a long standing family tradition that he does 'odd' cards, often signed from different people, all dating back to when he was a little boy. Brightens up birthdays no end.

Write a thank you card for the birthday card and sign it from Helen Mirren?

I'm going to sign all my greetings cards "Kenneth Branagh" from now on. Especially the relatives I don't see very often.

While we're all sharing, my brother once signed our next-door neighbour's Christmas card with the word "Slight" and a drawing of that symbol they used to have on the weather that showed when the sea would be a little bit rough.

Shakey1500 Thu 30-Aug-12 20:29:38

Art thou sure he isn't Ken though? Hast thou been estranged for over 40 years perchance? wink

HappyAsChips Thu 30-Aug-12 20:30:41

Oh my goodness teamumizumi "Who's Kenneth Branagh anyway?" <faints>

achillea Thu 30-Aug-12 20:31:45

He's hiding something. Kenneth Brannagh is an actor, it's his way of saying that he's pretending about something. Perhaps. Or he could have been pissed when he wrote the card, or even has issues about something you said to him in the past. Who knows. Brothers are weird, it is their destiny. I had four.

FrillyMilly Thu 30-Aug-12 20:34:14

Could you please just phone him and ask him? I really want to know now.

LineRunner Thu 30-Aug-12 20:35:06

Has he recently been mistaken for mouldering president Abraham Lincoln?

Yama Thu 30-Aug-12 20:36:10

Happy Birthday by the way.

FelicitywasSarca Thu 30-Aug-12 20:36:33

What Chub said. I am more shock that people don't know who he is than at the OPs brother.

Love, Ian Mckellen

Annunziata Thu 30-Aug-12 20:37:18

grin at 'ie your father.' That's brilliant.

Maybe your brother was watching a Kenneth Branagh film and got muddled up?

QuangleWangleQuee Thu 30-Aug-12 20:38:04

"now that you are married, your naked couplings will no longer make the baby Jesus cry" is hilarious. I wish someone would produce Wedding cards with that printed inside. grin

PooPooOnMars Thu 30-Aug-12 20:42:18

Im going to use that naked couplings thing on the next wedding card i write . . . assuming they're not religious.

ViviPru Thu 30-Aug-12 20:45:16

Weird. Just... weird confused

whattodoo Thu 30-Aug-12 20:47:01

That's hilarious! I'm def going to sign all future greeting cards as Dame Judi Dench

WilfSell Thu 30-Aug-12 20:48:45

Yeah, whoever's brother wrote the couplings line needs to get going quickly on his card business as we're ALL nicking it grin

WilfSell Thu 30-Aug-12 20:49:16

C'mon: RING HIM...

IawnCont Thu 30-Aug-12 20:49:28

I do this with DH. Last year's Valentine's card was from Zoe Wanamaker.

Maybe KB met him and they got him to sign the card. I once got a card signed by Tricky from my ExH for my birthday.

ViviPru Thu 30-Aug-12 20:51:24

If you don't ring him and repot back post haste, YWBVU

dearprudence Thu 30-Aug-12 20:56:57

Shamelessly posting in the hope that fireman comes back with an explanation.

KitchenandJumble Thu 30-Aug-12 21:04:23

I love the fact that you included the phrase "when he isn't" in the thread title.

Please do solve this mystery though. We all want to know!

Hesterton Thu 30-Aug-12 21:08:15


I got a card from a lovely friend with 'Happy Birthday Sister' printed on the front.

It wasn't my birthday and I'm not his sister.

LineRunner Thu 30-Aug-12 21:10:00

I've got a spare Happy Birthday Brother card if anyone wants it for their mum at Chrisrmas.

NurseRatched Thu 30-Aug-12 21:13:18

“Now that you are married, may your naked couplings no longer sadden the Lord.” was a well chosen Emo Philips gag grin. Whereas Sir Ken doesn't raise many laughs at all...Unfortunately I can't help with that one OP wink

Chubfuddler Thu 30-Aug-12 21:15:40

Next time someone I know gets married I am writing that in their card. Not Kenneth Branagh. The other thing.

WilsonFrickett Thu 30-Aug-12 21:19:11

I once sent a christmas card to 'Jane, Fred and Dave.' They were a couple. There was no Dave. I have friends who sign their cards with a slash: 'Happy Birthday from Jane/Fred.'

I think I'd like your brother...

jimswifein1964 Thu 30-Aug-12 21:19:26

Oh god, I really need to know what was in his head! Thinking, thinking......

NigellasGuest Thu 30-Aug-12 21:22:54

He could actually be Kenneth Branagh, without you actually knowing.
Stranger things have happened

NigellasGuest Thu 30-Aug-12 21:23:15


NigellasGuest Thu 30-Aug-12 21:25:27

if on the other hand it was your DH who was secretly Kenneth Brannagh you would not BU because it's harder to know if your DH is Kenneth Brannagh than your brother.

whattodoo Thu 30-Aug-12 22:27:25

nigella'sguest I'm trying to work out how it would be more difficult to work out that your DH was secretly Ken B than your brother.

Surely if you lived with KB you'd know? What with the Hollywood bigwigs / Robbie Coltrane for supper most nights, shakespearian tomes cluttering the hallway and breeches in the laundry basket.

Although I guess you'd get some clues from your brother growing up if he were the bearded one (does he still have a beard?). Your parents might have dropped hints and your surname would probably be Brannagh.

PopcornCity Thu 30-Aug-12 22:31:47

YABU. He has a sense of humour smile

AlwaysHoldingOnToStars Thu 30-Aug-12 22:39:30

I am laughing hysterically at this. Especially whattodo 's post.

Sometimes when I am writing I get distracted by something in tv and end up writing some random phrase or song lyric. Maybe he was distracted by KB's gorgeousness and accidentally wrote his name in your card.

Please phone him and tell him we need to know!

FrillyMilly Thu 30-Aug-12 22:49:01

PMSL at Whattodoo

firemansamisnormansdad Thu 30-Aug-12 22:55:21

Sorry for the delay, DH took me out for a very nice meal smile Right, I can't phone my brother as I don't have his home number (he moved and I've probably lost it) and he keeps changing his mobile number ... = confused so I will email him tomorrow and let you all know!!! And btw he is a film producer (yes really) but nothing too famous, just some stuff for ITV and some indie films. Nothing with Kenneth Branagh but maybe it's wishful thinking!

Thanks for all your posts. I was having a bit of a shit day but your posts and DH have really cheered me up! X

achillea Fri 31-Aug-12 00:15:40

Oh well in that case we all know what's happened. Brother was writing his card out to you on set. Ken B was sashaying past in his breeches and couldn't possibly allow the limelight to go to the lowly uncouth and mere producer, and knowing that the lowly producer's sister would swoon at the mere thought of Ken's quill expressing his best wishes to her, did the deed as any good thespian should.

Teamumizumi Fri 31-Aug-12 00:18:56

Do you think you could get a card off Keanu Reeves for Christmas? I'd pay good money for that.

MorrisZapp Fri 31-Aug-12 00:26:07

I liked him best as Shackleton.

InPraiseOfBacchus Fri 31-Aug-12 00:32:09

Did you have a drink and a giggle together, and assign him that as a Nickname? Or maybe someone else did, and he got muddled up!

Write one back, and sign it from your celebrity of choice!

Naoko Fri 31-Aug-12 01:45:37

I suspect your DB would get on with our friend group. The 'congratulations, it's twins!' card that arrived on DP's birthday raised a few eyebrows from people who saw it on the masterpiece...

citylovernow Fri 31-Aug-12 02:25:34

Oh I do love odd people.

DH's lovely but odd brother (drinks tea out of jam jars and stuff like that) sends our dcs birthday cards every year, signed with his full name. It wasn't until recently that they realised he was actually their Uncle. At least now he remembers about birthdays - a while back even Christmas seemed to take him by surprise every year. He once came to stay for Christmas and I received a block of cheese from the local shop, wrapped in Santa paper. hmm

Alligatorpie Fri 31-Aug-12 07:12:21

My brother sent me a Christmas card last year - I was surprised to open it and see he didn't even sign it. I thought he forgot, but maybe he was sending some cryptic message. I will send it back to him this year...not sure if I will sign it or not.

sashh Fri 31-Aug-12 07:20:54

Has anyone else had to take a couple of puffs of ventalin? This has got to make it to classics.

Teamumizumi Fri 31-Aug-12 10:57:31

My cousin is getting married in 3 weeks. I will definitely put the naked couplings on the card!! AND sign it Kenneth Branagh! Lol. Rofl. Hahahahahahaha this is so funny!!!

NurseRatched Fri 31-Aug-12 11:20:42

A card from 'Julian Assange' might cause a stir ... Glad to hear that firemansamisnormansdad had a good day in the end and I'm looking forward to your update smile

SuffolkNWhat Fri 31-Aug-12 11:31:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Claireabella1 Fri 31-Aug-12 11:35:40

At least he gave you a card smile my brother buys me chocolates and then eats them himself. Every year.

how wonderfully odd.

firemansamisnormansdad Fri 31-Aug-12 18:30:56

No answer from DB. I fear we shall never know the truth....

greencolorpack Fri 31-Aug-12 18:35:28

I'm guessing he thinks he looks like Kenneth Branagh. Does he?

firemansamisnormansdad Fri 31-Aug-12 18:39:40

No. He looks like Toby Young / William Hague.

Euphemia Fri 31-Aug-12 18:41:44

Who's Toby Young?

firemansamisnormansdad Fri 31-Aug-12 18:52:07

He's a journalist and novellist who wrote "how to influence people and lose friends"or something. They turned it into a film with Simon Pegg.

OhLimpPricks Fri 31-Aug-12 18:58:48

I hate it when people put the year on their Christmas cards. Do they really think I keep my cards every year, and go through them from time to time? Oh look there's the card Jane sent me in 1996. I'm soooooo glad she wrote the year on it. I could swear she sent one with a robin and some ivy that year, but now I know different. Relief all round grin

BestIsWest Fri 31-Aug-12 19:00:08

And don't forget the free schools.

This thread has just made my eyes fill up with tears of laughter grin

I will definitely be using the nekkid couplings line in the next wedding greeting I write!

I am thinking of a suitably silly appropriate name to use in birthday cards from now on - ideas anyone?

firemansamisnormansdad Fri 31-Aug-12 19:15:05

Ah yes, forgot about the free schools and his revived columnist career!

LineRunner Fri 31-Aug-12 19:23:36

Keith Lemon?

kakapo Fri 31-Aug-12 20:14:02

How did you know it was from your brother?!

firemansamisnormansdad Fri 31-Aug-12 20:21:33

Because he said "love from DB, SIL and DC (Kenneth Branagh) so i know it was def from him smile

avivabeaver Fri 31-Aug-12 20:52:09

My old mate Michelle used to sign all her cards "love from Michelle and Dudley Moore" -it was a long time ago but made us laugh like drains

kakapo Sat 01-Sep-12 07:06:56

Weird grin

butterflyroom Sat 01-Sep-12 08:27:45

This is brilliant and I've laughed out loud. Cheered me up big time! x

PooPooOnMars Sat 01-Sep-12 15:55:06

Does the dc look like Kenneth Brannagh?

CouthyMow Sat 01-Sep-12 16:04:16

My brother sent me a Christmas card with nothing inside it. Blank. It had a hand drawn Christmas tree on the front, and was blank inside.

The label on the envelope (not handwritten) was typed, and I was confused as to who had sent me it. I thought it was one of my DC's friends. blush My Dbro is NOT an artist...

It took me 3 weeks to find out who the fuck had sent me the damn thing!

MinnieBar Sat 01-Sep-12 16:05:12

Yes, that clearly says to me that he's not signing as KB himself, it's for one of the DCs. Hopefully it all makes perfect sense now…

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 01-Sep-12 18:13:37

DC doesn't look like KB - he's only 9months old! Well, this plot thickens because the card itself was one of those e-cards so DB didn't physically sign it but just typed the words in, probably at 11 pm after a bottle of red wine. Or did he? I've texted him twice and he won't reply even though I've said that you lovely ladies are desperate to know the truth!

FrazerChorus Sat 01-Sep-12 21:13:12

I think DB, SIL and Ken have been in a ménage a trois for some time, it's been going well, so well that Ken is a proper member of the family now, and this is your brother's way of telling everyone.
Well that's the only rational explanation I can think of

Teamumizumi Sat 01-Sep-12 21:52:17

FRAZER that is so funny! The mind boggles! Is the nanny Julie Andrews as well? Couldn't be Emma Thompson as Nanny McPhee.#awkward.

FrazerChorus Sat 01-Sep-12 22:20:21

Teamum - it is Emma who is nanny cos she's the only one who can look after children AND knows how to deal with Ken's funny little ways. Every weekend they have get togethers with all their lovey friends like they did in Peter's Friends* That's why the DB hasn't responded to OP's texts yet.

* Peters Friends - a 1980's film featuring a load of loveys incl iirc KB, ET, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry etc.

Teamumizumi Sat 01-Sep-12 22:37:00

I remember Peter's Friends. They were all in the footlights together and the film was the last time they ever spoke to Tony Slattery. Whatever happened to him after his breakdown and subsequent appearance in Kingdom ( with Stephen Frybso I have to take that bit back)?

trumpton Sat 01-Sep-12 22:44:16

I received a Mother's Day card from DS that said on the front " You're Like A Mother To Me " I pointed out that I was ,in fact, his mother ( I was there and it made my eyes smart ) To which he responded " I know that but you act like a mother ...winge, winge, nag, nag .

Little swine.

Teamumizumi Sat 01-Sep-12 22:52:15

Trumpton: hahahahahahah lol love it. Ther's this really evil part of me that wants to give people totally inappropriate xmas presents, like canestan thrush or pile cream, you know,just random stuff from the pharmacist. Actually that's a funny thing to do for secret santa this year! Should I?

New thread: AIBU to give someone canestan thrush as a secret santa present?

LauraPashley Sat 01-Sep-12 22:54:41

The online thing solves it I'd say! He has filled in your card, then accidentally hit "paste" and Kenneth Branagh was the last thing he'd copied and pasted!

Theseq are brilliant
Op do you know why yet?

MorrisZapp Sat 01-Sep-12 22:57:49

Stewart Lee and Richard Herring have also fallen out. I saw them blank each other last week.

trumpton Sat 01-Sep-12 23:02:09

teamimizumi only if they are constantly scratching their crotch !

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 01-Sep-12 23:04:06

Stealth - no,not yet. He "liked" one of my facebook statuses yesterday so i know he's still alive. Maybe I should write it on his wall and ask him that way! Love that this thread is still going!

ChocolateIsAFoodGroup Sat 01-Sep-12 23:05:40

My DS's wonderful and eccentric godfather signs cards with 'Jeffdave' grin His name is Jeff, but DS (5) keeps confusing him with our other good friend Dave (no idea why - they look and are completely different!) Luckily, Jeff thinks it's hysterical, and so signs with his new 'name' smile.

Jeffdave also knits every DC a great hat. DC3 (who he has nicknamed Bubbles) will be wearing her winged helmet in about three weeks (though probably not immediately....)

I love weird people!

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 01-Sep-12 23:09:37

OMG TeamUmizumi did start a thread!

DB gone to ground so I will send him an e-card to his work email on Monday saying "mumsnetters want to know why you signed my card Kenneth Branagh?" and sign it Barbara Windsor.

FrazerChorus Mon 03-Sep-12 08:56:36

I fear there is a very dull, prosaic answer to this, I.e a computer blip that OP's brother is totally unaware of. sad
That said, OP, I reckon your brother is now on a forum somewhere posting the following:-
"worried about my sister. Last week I sent her an e-card for her birthday and as usual signed it from myself, partner and our baby. Since then I've had a barrage of texts, emails and even FB posts from her claiming that the e-card means that either:- I'm Kenneth Branagh or my kid is Kenneth Branagh or that Kenneth Branagh is now a member of our family!!! WTF? I am seriously worried about these weird delusions. What is even more worrying that she is now calling herself Barbara Windsor (when she isn't) and keeps banging on about "the mumsnetters need to know". Could she be part of a cult? How do I respond?

yes, if it was an e card it was probably something like hitting paste without meaning to

firemansamisnormansdad Tue 04-Sep-12 20:04:32

We're not a close family!

FrazerChorus Wed 05-Sep-12 21:27:00

Still no word FiremanSam? sad

Shitemum Fri 07-Sep-12 15:17:34

Seems obvious to me that your DB is referring to a distant time in the past (since you've clearly forgotten it) when you told him you fancied Kenneth Branagh. So he is throwing in some kisses 'from' KB as a sort of present, iyswim, maybe.

WhoWillDoMyHoovering Fri 07-Sep-12 19:14:48

"the bloke in the top hat at the Olympics opening ceremony who everyone thought was Abraham lincoln" = Brunel! Check out the hat grin. But if that doesn't shed any light either..... random!!

Frenchie724 Fri 07-Sep-12 23:59:09


iscream Sat 08-Sep-12 08:18:14

I'm so sorry to be the one to tell you, but your sil has kicked out your db, and Kenneth Branagh is her new dh. What a way for them to tell you. Honestly!

CollegiateMum Sat 08-Sep-12 08:25:03

But wasn't KB associated with the DC? Maybe they've changed his name by deed poll and will be referred to as Kenneth Branagh from now on. Hello, this is my wife and my son, Kenneth Branagh.

Then they can dress him in an orange parka and he'll be Kenny from South Park!

EdMcDunnough Sat 08-Sep-12 08:32:03

I just want to say, though it is of little help to anyone, that I have a friend who is friends with Keanu Reeves.

I'm not though.

JethroTull Sat 08-Sep-12 08:33:22

grin grin grin

Brilliant. This has made me actually LOL. Loudly enough to wake the dog up. Brilliant.

I'm a weird name signer blush

I also sent my ex mil a Christmas card from Shane from westlife. Along with a poem inside written just from westlife songs!

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 08-Sep-12 09:03:34

Ed: what, you're not Keanu Reeves? wink

Right, still no word from DB but i will be seeing him at my cousin's wedding in two weeks so will update you all then.

Oh god, can hear my own DCs killing themselves so need to log off and sort out the carnage. Boo. Tis too early on a Saturday for this (said Kenneth Branagh paraphrasing Shakespeare).

EdMcDunnough Sat 08-Sep-12 09:15:38

I'm dying to know now. Please don't forget! smile

FrazerChorus Sat 08-Sep-12 09:18:04

So who is your cousin marrying? Benedict Cumberbatch?

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 08-Sep-12 09:18:14

I promise! And i will also let you know the reaction when I sign the card " now your naked couplings won't make the baby Jesus cry, love Bette Davis"

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 08-Sep-12 09:22:10

Lol, my cousin is completely normal (male cousin btw) and is a clinical psychologist so i will ask him what he thinks of all this! perhaps he can tell us some family history secret.

DC stopped fighting now, hooray!

tayatoes Wed 12-Sep-12 08:28:45

love this....reminds me of Peter Kay's mother in his bits about his mother on the answerphone messages

DilysPrice Wed 12-Sep-12 09:04:24

Loving thread but v offended by your name OP angry. Norman's daddy is of course my late husband, Vincent.

And Canestan as a secret Santa would definitely be code for "you're an irritating cunt".

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 19-Sep-12 20:24:14

You'd better come back and tell us!

You're going to sign his next card with a random actor's name, aren't you?

'Dame Maggie Smith'?
'Helena Bonham Carter'?
'Helen Mirren'?


trixymalixy Fri 28-Sep-12 16:05:09

Did you ask your brother?

Is it an autograph?

firemansamisnormansdad Sat 29-Sep-12 16:14:49

Ladies. We shall never know. My arsing bro didn't go to the wedding despite knowing about it since April. Other relatives managed to fly in from the USA but can DB take a 2 hour train journey? No. It was all because no children were invited to the wedding so i think he refused to come on principal, but I had to go on my own and leave my own DH and DCs at home. Didn't stop me having a good time seeing everyone again and wishing the lovely couple joy. AND ANOTHER THING.... Our mother had a bad brain aneuryism last year 2 months before DB's son was born and she's still not 100%. I agreed that DH and i would look after mum over xmas 2011 as DB wanted to go into "xmas lockdown" and just focus on the new baby. ONLY DB's SIL tagged him on facebook on xmas day and they'd gone to his wife's sister's instead so poor old mum only got to see her grandson for 40 mins two weeks before xmas and nothing over xmas. NOW arsing bro has suddenly announced that he, wife and DC are going on a 3 week holiday over xmas so mum won't see her grandson AGAIN over xmas.

Don't care if you're reading this bro. You don't answer the phone or reply to my texts and a bunch of flowers is not going to make up for you "screwing up xmas".

So, as I said ladies, we shall never know.

really cross face

HildaOgden Sat 29-Sep-12 19:10:24

I always though Kenneth Brannagh was a bit of a knob.

Enjoy your own Christmas with your mum,hope she is better now.

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