Thanks for the concern. Bob is doing extremely well although not back in his own home yet. As Jerry said, he was totally wiped out after a spell in hospital in Brooklyn and the tiring journey home to England but a combination of good care from nurse Copper Dudley and his own amazing willpower is bringing him slowly back. He's been heard running through a few songs in his bedroom "just to see if I can still pitch 'em" so the signs are very good!
John meanwhile makes steady (if uncomfortable) progress and is back to work. As anyone who has been unfortunate enough to have been struck by gout will tell you, it's an extremely painful condition, and entirely debilitating especially when it affects, as it did John, both knees at the same time.
Thanks for the kind concern...I'll pass messages on to Bob.
He'll be back!