Via, Mr Eugenides, I see that, despite what you may think, it's not all doom and gloom. Just occasionally good and wholesome news slips through the clouds, spreading sweetness and sunshine all around:
Every person flying into Britain will be offered a free cup of tea and a biscuit in an ambitious, if eccentric, plan to make the country more cheerful.
Apparently it's an idea first proposed by Waitrose's MD, Mark Price who had this to say:
"What could be more welcoming that a cuppa and jammie dodger or Garibaldi? When everyone seems so miserable about the economy, I am sure a cup of tea would put things in perspective."
Indeed so. Who can argue with this? Makes you proud to be British and all that. Better, certainly, than any ghastly state-sponsored day of celebration.