I was at court today for a wee chap who was technically 21, but whose age in "proper mature years" was closer to about 16. Anyhoo, his former girlfriend was asking the court to stop his contact with the baby girl who was the fruit of their shortlived relationship. The basis of that request was that he wasn't really interested in the wean, and didn't turn up for the arranged contact visits, and would rather be away out with his pals, etc, etc.
A common lament.
Our hero however had the perfect excuse for his failure to attend on one particular occasion. It had been his Grandad's funeral that day.
It might have worked, had his ex-partner - in a display of ingenuity uncommon in Central Scotland litigants - not decided to have a quick look through the boy's Bebo page and discovered that he'd posted photos of himself pished at T in the Park on the day in question.
She'd even printed a few off, to show the judge.
Sometimes you've just got to rely on the mercy of the Court.