But now I’ve offended a French woman and a German woman, neither of whom – as far as I know – is either Christian or xenophobic. I’ve apologised to both because I don’t want to offend French or German people. I mean, one doesn’t mock the afflicted, does one?
That was a joke, and by an odd coincidence it was my sophisticated sense of humour that upset the French and German women.
I offended a woman from Liverpool once.
‘Like your hair, Les,’ I said.
‘Go on what?’
‘Tell me it’ll be nice when it’s finished.’
‘That isn’t what I mean. I mean I like your hair.’
‘You’re not insulting me?’
She walked away visibly nonplussed. The game of life is sometimes hard to win.