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I went in to work today at the office. A couple of my French colleagues were there, one of them was watching something on his PC, I couldn’t see exactly what it was, but it seemed to be a news programme as there was a lot of chatter from various people. The other colleague asked me how I was and – using a French phrase she has helped me to learn – I said I was fine apart from ‘the shit weather’. She corrected my French as I’d made a slight error.

It was at this point that the ‘programme’ that my colleague was watching piped up with: ‘The weather is shit?’.

My other colleague wasn’t watching a news programme, he was on a conference call via Skype.

Thankfully they all saw the funny side.

Then he put the microphone on silent.