I thought, I don't know why you're telling us all this but maybe it's a ploy to put us at our ease. A technique.
Then he asked us- apropos of nothing- if we'd been "invaded".
I thought Ailz fielded it adroitly. She said we got on very well with our neighbours and since they were mostly muslims we didn't got bothered by drunks wobbling up and down the street on Friday nights.
It sort of killed the conversation though.