I know the Sudoku thing started ages ago but it's only just reached me. Well not me exactly because it does drive me slightly mad, but my family. A couple of weeks ago my dad and mum had the daily Sudoku puzzle on Teletext all the time. I thought this was just a one off thing but then it spread to my sister. All last week I kept coming home from work and there it was, the Teletext Sudoku page. Handily and yet annoyingly at the same time, there's a little screen in the corner showing the TV picture so you can see what's on telly at the same time, except the sound was muted.
It's amazing how difficult it is to understand TV programmes without the sound on. All I got from that programme was that there was a man and I think he owned a sheep, the rest was a mystery. I tried to make up my own words but without some sort of backstory you just don't know whether you're going off track or not.
Last Monday it came to a head while I was on the train reading a newspaper over a man's shoulder as I always do. Just as I was straining to read an interesting article he turned to the puzzle page where he sort of folded the paper in half so he could have a good look at the Sudoku.
To my horror though, it got worse. When I got home I heard loud bleeping coming from the living room and found my dad playing on some sort of hand held electronic game thing... it was electronic Sudoku.
Maybe I ought to stop fighting it and take it up myself, I don't know.