I met Grumpy for a coffee after work so that we could talk and not listen to each other. I think we might be getting to the nub of where it all went wrong.....
So he ordered a cappuccino and I, in my time-honoured tradition, picked up his teaspoon to steal some of his froth. Then I paused and waggled the spoon in front of him.
"I'm not sure it's such a good idea to use this. I don't know where you've been lately."
And, Allah be praised, he didn't take that as an invitation to enlighten me.