An irked weasel writes: There goes a 2nd pair of jeans. The second pair that have ripped this year. I have certainly put on some weight this year, but not to the extent that the jeans are obviously tight round the waist. Indeed, I suspect that if the waist were any bigger then we would be in the old territory of them being able to fall down without being undone. Maybe the weight has gone to my hips (!).