I had an appointment this morning at 10.30; someone who was coming to give me an estimate. At 11.15 he hadn’t turned up, so I phoned him and he was in Perugia – 40 minutes away. I said ‘We had an appointment at 10.30′ “Ah’ he replied. ‘My work isn’t like that .. I can’t necessarily honour an appointment . . things happen . . ‘
Obviously something urgent had cropped up; an emergency of some sort. Anyway he said he’d be here before 2.00 pm, though he hasn’t filled me with confidence . . . but I’ll know where to go if I need an emergency piano tuner . . .