At one point, I said something that caught Ronnie’s special interest, so he wanted to write it down. Turning to Frazer (now deceased), Ronnie asked in Chinese, “你有没有笔？(nǐ yǒu méiyǒu bǐ? / Do you have a pen?)”
Unfortunately, Ronnie’s 笔 came out in the first tone.
Frazer had already got up to go to the loo, just as Ronnie put this question to him, so I said, “He’s going to check.”
Frazer: hope you’re having a giggle over this! You’re being missed lots.