realised... that from now on Boxing Day is to be known as Family Games Day. Turn the TV off and shake the dice to see who goes first.

seen... the Royal Academy's Sensation Exhibition. Be part of the talking sensation of 1997 and see it before it finishes on December 28. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-300 8000).

heard... about the West End Cares ticket agency. Get involved with some festive charity by purchasing your West End show tickets at twice the price - with fifty per cent going to AIDS charities. Info: 0171-976 8100.

been... to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform. Until Christmas, balcony tickets are pounds 10, a saving of up to pounds 17 on top price tickets. For information call the box office on 01789 295623.