Yesterday afternoon we went to a dance show in which N° 1 sprog was performing. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with she and all her fellow dance school pupils being put through their paces to Stravinsky and more contemporary music, from Philip Glass to Bjork. But ,not for the first time, I found myself in deep admiration for the head of the dance school who had put on the whole show, from choreography through to rehearsals, for what looked like close to a hundred, if not more, pupils of all ages (up to and including adults). A journalist friend once asked me to write a piece in a series entitled ‘Angels’. The idea was to home in on the people who make our societies and our cultures tick. There are so many of these people – teachers, nurses, volunteers of all sorts – and where would we be without them and all of the hard work they put in?