I’m a musician, and my policy has been to wear black clothing unless instructed otherwise. For a Manchester wedding violinist, this is not an uncommon practice. One day, this caused a problem. I was filling in for my partner who got a stomach bug the day before the wedding. She told me that to meet the rest of the ensemble by the oak tree just outside the venue.

As usual, I arrived 30 minutes early. But, I got lucky because I saw a small group dressed in black standing by the tree. Strangely enough, they didn’t have their instruments with them. I asked why, and they told me they already had set up inside. They took me inside, and much to my chagrin, I realized I had followed the photographers. I apologized for the confusion and darted back outside to that oak tree to meet my fellow musicians.