But he says Nicola is always complaining that they don’t have any friends, just endless acquaintances, and, ‘I worry that in the end I see the same 200 or 300 people over and over again, and I would hate to think that that actually ended up being what my social life was. There are lots of people I think of as being old, dear friends, but I maybe only speak to them once or twice a year, because they constantly go to the back of the queue, behind all the things which are to do with work, with deadlines. I’m continually saddened when I look through my address book, at how patchy it is, at how many people drop off the edge of my life.’