For the friends that I have here, and for those that have become more closer than merely of a virtual status living across that body of water that divides our two countries, I have news that may change your vision of the UK in general. The South East of England, and that includes London, has joined the Eastern region of England in being officially declared as an Area of Drought. This has been caused by two exceptionally dry winters. Apparently we need four months of constant rain for the reservoirs to fill significantly to avoid a hose-pipe ban this coming spring and summer. I saw a sign in a shop today that sums up the situation admirably I thought…..’Save Water, Drink Champagne.’ I don’t know what those who are having a particularly hard time financially will think of that, lets hope their reaction is not the same as the French, after Marie Antoinette famous advice.