"It worked in 'The Wizard of Oz'," she said.
There were consoling murmurs from her colleagues. Suddenly one piped up:
"Perhaps it's like Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. Perhaps we all have to believe in it for it to work."
Which is why half a dozen members of staff could be found sitting around the table with their eyes closed, fingers crossed and heels clicking merrily together as they chanted
"There's no place like home."