Forgive me for sounding smug, but did I idly fritter away the hours and days between Christmas and New Year on trivia? I did not. Instead I built my very first engine. Anyone who knows me will know also what an achievement this is for me. I might be tolerably good with a steering wheel in my hand but a screwdriver? Ask my wife: I am now banned even from putting up curtain poles because every time I have tried in the past it has gone horribly, irretrievably wrong. Which suits me just fine.