Unfortunately Eric the horn player was struck down with mastoiditis after a few months, and it was touch and go whether he would have to give up his musical career, as his hearing was badly affected. He certainly couldn’t tolerate playing the horn. During his time away from work and feeling pretty low, he had reason to visit the headquarters of the Bournemouth Orchestra during one of their rehearsals, and bumped into Stan.
Stan: Well hello then, how’s the mastoid?
Eric: Not too good...
Stan: I’ve heard you may have to give up playing altogether, so can I have your instrument?
With thanks to Eric.