If I had any views about the frequently made comment that Scousers (and for anyone looking at this website from aborad, that means people from Liverpool), being the friendliest citizens of the UK, then theatre impresario and Chairman of Everton Football Club Bill Kenwright, removed any shred of doubts I might had.
Having just returned to my desk from lunch, £4.00 all-you-can-eat chinese takeaway in hand, my mobile phone rang.
"Hello is that Julian, the mad person who wrote to me?" chuckled Bill, and indeed, for the first 30 seconds of our conversation, I did have to persuade him that I wasn't actually clinically insane.
In fact Bill, spent most of the conversation chuckling, as I briefed him on what I was doing, who had replied to me and how it was all going. He cordially invited me to contact his PA Emma to arrange a date to meet him before wishing me luck. I, in return, wished his team luck for tonight's match against Arsenal. I fear they may need it.
What an unbelievably genial man.
I've now almost entirely forgotten about the blazing row I had with my mother half an hour ago about the shopping expedition to Brent Cross. Right, my Egg Foo Yung's getting cold........