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HERE’S one for banishing any winter blues.

Former Diary stars Andy Jackson and Tom White will be celebrating the improvements to Heeley’s Millennium Park later this month. The pair - who are behind the project featured on this page in November - are promising a day of fun with people invited to try the new park equipment on Saturday, January 14.

With a bike track and bouldering rocks, it’s a chance to work off the seasonal excess if nothing else.

I confess my lack of ancient Greece knowledge meant I did a fair bit of research before meeting Matt Shipton for today’s main Diary piece.

I certainly didn’t want a similar mishap to that which befell a colleague a couple of years ago.

An evening with his soon-to-be-father-in-law turned somewhat philosophical as the post-dinner brandy flowed.

“I am the wisest man alive,” said the well-read chap at one point. “For I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

He paused before explaining: “Socrates.”

“Ah,” said our man, nodding appreciatively. “I could spend all day watching his goal against the USSR.”

WELL, that’s that the Christmas and New Year madness over for another year. Great to see the supermarkets already selling cream eggs.