I am out and about at the moment, it is strategic planning season. I am watching the footage from Sandy in the States and reflecting on how much damage water causes, and in this case, fire as well. Both are very difficult to stop once they get going. This type of event is exactly what we can expect to increase over coming years and the economic and human effects will be huge.

I am also hearing the stirrings of anger in the young, there was a documentary on the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria which generated interesting reactions in the young people around me. How could you let this happen? This was the question asked of the adults – not the last time I’m going to hear that, I suspect.