…I wonder where the birdies is? They say the birds are on the wing, but that is quite absurd. You only have to look to see the wings are on the bird.‘ Such a dumb ditty that was used by Mr Lawrence, who taught us French at school and which, regrettably, has stayed with me for longer than the conjugation he worked so hard to embed. Such is life; but it goes on and at this time of year teases us with an occasional warm and sunny day. Never one to be patient, I’m off to find sunshine in the troubled Middle East and will be back in Dubai this week. Today oil prices have risen again, Libya is in turmoil and a note from friends in Bahrain this morning suggests that we are not hearing about all that’s going on out there. 2011 and we live in troubled times.