Normally I work alone, or with Bella sleeping at my feet as my only companion. Thanks to the teacher’s strike here in Victoria I have an officemate. Bert is keeping me company today while his teacher joins tens of thousands of others in the city. He’s been very busy this past hour peppering me with questions for his work – writing pizza restaurant menus. So if any of my clients suddenly find references to Meat Lovers or Vegetarian popping up in odd places this would be why.