Well I am back and apparently where I have had heatwave and sun the Northern part of Europe has been quite wet. OK, quite is an understatement, floods galore I see. I also notice though that the building work is continuing on the flood plains of the Thames Gateway.
Whilst I'm on the subject of the weather though, I witnesses the most remarkable and brilliant display of supply and demand in practice whilst abroad. Imagine if you will, you run a shop on a tourist island that gets average temperatures of 35 and up during the summer.
What is the one product that you're going to be guaranteed to be able sell? Yep. sun tan lotion. And what is the one product that you know that you can crazily mark-up with your fellow businessmen because you know they all the pale skinned Brits have to buy it? Yep, same thing again.
Price for a small bottle of sun lotion, say SPF 15? A tenner or thereabouts. It gets more expensive the higher the SPF protection. Of course I moaned, but I also shrugged and said "well I'd do it if it was my shop".
Oh yes, another quick observation, why is it, in other EU countries they just ignore all the EU rules we slavishly follow and no one seems to care? Honestly, seat belts? Who wears those? Crash helmet? What's that then?
Seriously, one day we'll learn that the way to make the EU "work" is to just ignore everything we don't like just like all the others do. I swear that is the only reason we have so many issues, and our anal attitude toward following rules. OK, normal politics back soon.