Day two. After a slow start for Max, he found his drinking head with a swift two pints of Magners at lunch. Later, the evening began in earnest with two pints of ESB. Bob had come over to join us – his usual relaxed self and he dragged us out to The Swan. The beer continued to flow. Max was in full swing. He was responding vociferously to the question: “Are you happy with Obama’s Health Care plan?” This had been tossed at him playfully by one of the great heronies of beer drinking, Joan. To sum up a response that lasted a full fifteen minutes: America had been speared by a Marlin.