I am outside, trying to separate a 25 metre set of Christmas lights (“warm white,” I’ll have you know. I’m keeping it classy) from the house.

It all starts simply enough. I know how they’re attached. All seems straightforward. I was there when they were assembled, after all, one torrid night in early December in the pouring rain. I was hanging out of an upstairs window like a sequinned Kate Moss at a mid-noughties party, and my brother was downstairs playing the handyman (something that, to my eternal disappointment, I’ve never quite mastered) winding bits of wire around a drainpipe. It all looked so easy then.

Just over a month later and I am standing outside in the cold winter gloom on a kitchen chair I have moved outside for the purpose, reaching up as high as I can to unravel the wires from the drainpipe. The plug is stuck in the guttering and I have no hope of reaching it. I’m hanging out of the upstairs window again, this time wondering how…

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