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You know the ones. You start the new week all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to get through loads of stuff on the list in front of you, then after checking your emails everything changed and the day’s list ends up in the bin. Yep, those days!

Over the weekend my financial brokers had their website down for upgrades. All well and good – they were improving the security on it. Only they ‘improved’ it so much that I was unable to log on to it despite using all the correct passwords and security questions! To be fair to them, the young chap I talked to was extremely apologetic and very helpful but the problems took quite a while to resolve via phone and the internet. Then I had a daft email threatening legal action over one of my blogs which I had to deal with, which wasted even more time.

As the weather was less than picture perfect I’d no plans to venture out with the camera which was just as well. Instead I’ve been glued to a computer screen most of the day, trying to claw back some productive hours. It was quite frustrating going through the rest of my email in-box, seeing juicy flight offers to Asia and knowing that I’ve nothing planned right now but I don’t actually have the time to (literally) take off, then reading email updates from magazines about the exciting developments on the likes of Sri Lankan railways, or new metro lines opening in Bangkok. I’m consoling myself that if I just have a fruitful January I’ll be able to book an adventure out in South-East Asia, exploring what’s new and also catching up with old friends. On the positive side, another email was from a magazine wanting to publish one more of my blogs so that was a welcome addition to today’s ‘to do’ list!

In-between all this I’ve been keeping an eye on the reaction to Lord Tony Berkeley’s ‘minority report’ (as in a minority of one) on HS2. I can see why no-one else was willing to put their name to it as it’s been shredded by experts who know about rail operations and planning. Light on detail and full of airy assertions to try and cover up the lack of detail or any modelling of services it was always going to be a bit of a car-crash and so it’s transpired. Of course, the HS2 antis are falling over themselves to praise it, but you know damned well 95% of them won’t have read it and even if they had the majority of them wouldn’t understand it! Eventually the penny will drop when they realise that – just like all the other reports, articles and guff that they’ve fallen for over the years, this isn’t going to stop HS2 either…

As it’s now 21:38 it’s time to tune into something else and drop out to spend some quality time with my other half. See you all tomorrow…