As the late great Jim Morrison had it "Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down". Well never a truer word was spoke (although admittedly 40 odd years ago) !
It's meltdown out there. And I'm not talking about the weather. Most of us are - for obvious reasons - fixated on the current, parlous, state of the world and the dramatic issues that we are attempting to confront.
The UK government went to war to impose democracy on others, yet our own system of democracy is now being, rightly, questioned.
(Incidentally, my mother wants to know why we're all so angry about MPs expenses, when only the select few seemed to be incandescent with rage - as she was - with the war in Iraq "where children were killed".)
Banks developed products and services that they didn't really understand (some at the criminal expense of very poor people) and took unacceptable risks that have plunged the global economy into recession. Those who took those decisions were handsomely rewarded, and will continue to be rewarded well for the rest of their lives. Yet the people who are the victims - including many of our own colleagues - are losing their jobs and homes. These folk had nothing to do with those decisions.