Mark Barnes Columnist

Home Alone 21 — no, not a sequel. This is for real. It’s going to be one hell of a thing, this total shutdown, when it starts in the early hours of Friday.

These circumstances, up to now only captured in movies, may seem at first like the start of an adventure that’ll be tough, but we’ll all come out on the other side stronger. Like the build-up to a father-and-son school camp-out on the rugby field, before the weather changes dramatically.

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