Mary Killen Mary Killen

Dear Mary | 18 October 2008

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Your problems solved

Q. When my 16-year-old son has friends round I fill the fridge with beer for them. The other night, for example, ten boys came over. I know for a fact that only five of them really drink, yet after they had gone I found all 25 bottles had been opened and about ten left with just a couple of sips taken out of them. I think this is because the boys all want to pretend they drink but keep mislaying their bottles and opening another one. I had to throw all ten bottles away. In the credit crunch I would like to crack down on this waste but without seeming inhospitable. (My husband and I make ourselves scarce in the upstairs flat while these otherwise harmless parties are taking place.) What do you say, Mary?

B.B., London SW12

A. Next time, remove the shelves from the fridge and decant the correct amount of beer into a jug explaining that it is impossible to store single bottles due to the lack of shelves. Supply small-sized paper cups so that each flaky boy can have unlimited refills of their props without breaking the bank.

Q. I am a deeply frustrated actor who has had no luck with casting agents. I have made endless showreels to demonstrate my ability and versatility — and without wishing to sound arrogant, I have it on good authority that I can act — but suspect no one has looked at them. I fear I am being discriminated against because my father is in the ‘Rich List’ and it is thought I do not need the work. But I do need it, Mary. I am desperate to perform. How can I move forward?

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