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It's okay not to get what you want at Christmas… as my kids are going to learn this year

Bill Linnane


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Kids not getting everything they want for Christmas won't do any harm. (PHOTO: Stock image)

Kids not getting everything they want for Christmas won't do any harm. (PHOTO: Stock image)

Kids not getting everything they want for Christmas won't do any harm. (PHOTO: Stock image)

In 1985 Raleigh launched the Vektar cyber bike. With a futuristic design, it had a digital display panel boasting radio, speedometer and a selection of sound effects. To 10-year-old me, it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. This was the future of cycling — a sort of proto eBike, except you did all the work and it just made some noises.

One Christmas I decided that I was due this wonderful machine. I wrote my letters to Santa outlining my demands, was extra good, made sure everyone who might have some sway in the decision-making process knew that the Vektar was all I wanted; just that, nothing else. And on Christmas morning, I ran downstairs to the sitting room and do you know what was there waiting for me? I honestly don’t recall, but I can tell you what was not there. There was no Vektar.


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