Oh the satisfaction of saying "No"! At the hospital pharmacy I hand over the prescription which the GP gave me this morning. I am passing and it saves me a visit to the High Street. "That's a green one," says a woman with a face carved from concrete. "We don't do green ones here. You'll have to take it to your usual chemist. " No regrets, no sympathy. One chore fewer for the server.
People with chilly natures, their temperaments matched, often make contented couples. Speaking of one such couple someone says today: "When you find the two of them together, it is as though the air-conditioning has just been switched on."