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Tim, a property developer in his late 40s, was about to go into a meeting when he received a text from his wife of 20 years.

I really enjoyed our meal together last night,” it said. Tim was puzzled. Thirty seconds later, another ‘ping’. “In fact, I really love being married to you.” Unused to hearing compliments from his wife, Tim’s immediate response was that something dreadful had happened.

He texted back: “Are you dying?”