On the menu: pumpkin soup with sticky date pudding, courtesy of my mother. Occasionally one parent will send their child to band practice with a treat to share. Normally the treats dished out are easy to use not needing a lot of care. Examples being sweet breads or biscuits. My mum threw this idea aside, however, as she wanted to try something new (something annoying). Of course, there’s no denying how delicious sticky date pudding actually is, I don’t want to come off unappreciative, but it’s really, um, sticky. There you have it. It’s sticky. Yes, these are the kinds of challenges we faced at band practice today.