So I got a text from my 74 (she says taking a punt at the age) year old uncle late yesterday afternoon. He and my aunt were in town and was I around?
'Oh yes!' I exclaimed,' Come around after work for a drink'.
Which they duly did and, armed with glasses of pinot noir and a bowl of olives, we nestle down.
About twenty minutes in I say, 'Anyway, aren't you two supposed to be going away somewhere this year?' (They a couple of good travellers, those two).
'Yes, Russia. Tonight.'
I nearly choked on my olive stone.
'Katie', said my aunt, 'I do think that's the first time I've ever seen you speechless'.
I have to say, if there's ever a sentence that's going to stop you in your tracks, that's a reasonably good one to do the job.