Settle has the benefit of a proper barbers shop, specialising in men's hair, though nowadays no challenge can be turned away. Proprietors Ian and Duncan are very different personalities, Duncan is Mr Chatty-man; Ian is more of a droll philosopher.
Today it was Ian, the droll philosopher. I told him that for a number of weeks Pat had been dropping increasingly insistent hints that I needed a haircut - so here I was. He got the message.
Quite a pile of hair later we got to the stage of the mirror round the back of the neck and "Is that OK for you?" It most certainly was.
"The wife will start talking to me again", I replied.
"Oh, sorry about that" said Ian.