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It was probably a mistake to take the baby to the beach...

By Kate Lockwood Jefford  

Kate Lockwood Jefford

It didn’t cry or make much of any sort of fuss all day, which was amazing really, considering.

After picking the baby up, I’d dawdled at the fag-end of a flea market behind the brand-new football stadium which loomed, vast and shiny as a spaceship, above the tangled heaps of clothes, sad shoes, scuffed plates and naked Barbies on their backs, arms and legs stuck out like marching zombies.

There was nothing there for a baby.

It was probably a mistake to take the baby to the beach, but there was a tram coming and the…

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