MSN conversation tonight:
Mother: Daddy is back!
Amnesiac: Why the exclamation mark?
Mother: Rejoice! Rejoice!
Amnesiac: someone called tonight
Amnesiac: international call he sounded British
Amnesiac: but he couldn`t hear me
Mother: Perhaps something to do with Essex University or your articles. [Bless her, she likes to think that the Pulitzer Prize committee are trying to track down her daughter]
Mother: It's a mystery. Do you have the equivalent of 1471 in Egypt? Why did he not call again?
Amnesiac: he did, but I was in a concert so he wouldn't have been able to hear me anyway
Mother: Shame. Let's hope he rings again and proposes to you.
Mother: [Angry face emoticon]