I was lecturing a group of fresh-faced young girls, recent arrivals in the double-digit age category, on why they needed to follow the news.

It felt a bit hypocritical, really, telling this giggly gang they should concentrate more on what was happening in the country than on their face. Hypocritical because I too would rather talk face-framing eyebrows than spew my disgruntled bile over the parlous pre-election state of affairs in our country — and the precipice-edge tension in the world at the moment.

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