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Time apart

While Christine's away Mike says he enjoys being master of the TV remote control, and tends to the plants.

"I don't worry about her, I just make sure she's signed the will," he jokes.

Some of his slush fund money recently went on a new electric keyboard, which he uses to entertain the old folks with 'end of the pier' style shows at local sheltered housing schemes.

"I spent years on the club circuit, which helped get one of our daughters through university."

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