These days, when a New York woman hears an English accent, her mind doesn’t immediately conjure up a picture of a stately home surrounded by rolling parkland.
On the contrary, she thinks, 'Small apartment, low income, alcohol problem.’ And she’s usually right. American women have a particular physical type in mind when they think of Englishmen and I’m not it.
Did I know anywhere she could stay while she looked for a flat?
As luck would have it, my next-door neighbour had gone on holiday for a fortnight and I didn’t think he’d mind if her little sister crashed there for a few days.
They think of floppy-haired public school boys with peachy skin and athletic thighs – Robert Pattinson, James Mc Avoy, Dominic West.