Not that he knew he was back, he simply found himself in a room full of monsters, lanky, pasty giants clad in disgusting nether garments, who, rather than beat him compassionately into stability, kept their distance and moaned.
I don't claim that professional investors always get it right, as the nether reaches of unit-trust league tables bear bleak testimony.
The sad irony of it all is that God's infinite mercifulness extends to the nether limits where our present breed of politicians abound.
Horace warned writers against grafting together inconsistent images, which, he said, was like sticking a man's head on a horse's neck or giving a woman's torso the nether parts that ought to belong to a fish.
Hidden on the world's nether side, Australia was literally an underworld.
But these nether fauna can never be completely tamed; and what would the outer reaches be, without their inner complement of native wildlife?
This isn't really relevant to what I'm trying to get at here except in that it points out the age-related stuff that awaits us all as we approach the nether gate with the gaudy wreaths and the portrait photograph we didn't like in life.
So when the time came to review a restaurant beginning with E, it seemed like the perfect excuse to head over towards the nether end of Mission Street.
Luckily for Berwick, washing the cast's nether garments is about the only job he doesn't take on in the annual Theatre Royal panto, in which he is the star, writer and co-director.
The further you advance into the nether reaches of middle age, the more you understand it's all about the little things.