I’m still on painkillers and still not allowed to drink beer. It makes me sad. I miss the taste of beer, the hoppiness, the malts, the bitterness.

But my dad cheered me up considerably with an email entitled ‘Xmas Beer’. It simply said: ‘How about at the bach we have nights with just one type of beer but several brands so that we can compare them, say a pale ale night or dark beer night. What do you think?’

I think I have the coolest Dad in the world.