Robyn Hitchcock speaks from the future. The time is late afternoon in Houston, but the singer-songwriter has just had breakfast in Sydney, Australia, where it's raining.
"You are talking to me tomorrow," he says, "but I'm afraid I don't have any insight into the future, the stock market or anything like that. But I think you can rest assured, human nature will not have changed when you get here. Tomorrow is just a consequence of today."