[Jesmond Parish Church] 18 Aug 2006--I went out for a pub meal the other day and on the next table were a husband and wife who’d chosen exactly the same from the menu. And when they’d finished, she said, ‘That was absolutely superb.’ Which was very high praise. And he said, in a gruff Yorkshire accent, ‘I’ve ‘ad worse.’ Which was very English – like saying, ‘Mustn’t grumble’ when someone asks you how you are and life couldn’t be better. And it set me thinking: what made the difference between praising and not praising? Was it temperament, or the kind of day they’d had, or place of birth, or what?