Did you notice that the lead story in UK television news this year, and every other year, is that of the Christmas sales and how that some people had stayed up all night to be at the front of the queue on Boxing Day morning. The cameras will pan across greedy, eager faces, as they scrambled into Harrods kicking and gouging their way to a massively overpriced handbag that was probably knocked-out for 50 rupees in a Bangladeshi sweat-shop by an eight year old child labourer. Anyway, as I’ve often said before, why is such a positive spin put on the fact that people are spending billions of pounds on shopping in the pre and post Christmas period? From the week or so that I have been here in the UK, most High Street stores of almost any description seem to have a permanent sale going on since August. Unlike Majorca, there doesn’t seem to be any regulation at all in terms of when, where, and how many sales - can take place at any given time. This leads me and others to the rather cynical conclusion as to when is a supposed sale, really a sale, and does - 50% Off - actually mean that, or was this ‘upper’ figure manipulated for the benefit of marginally dishonest, dramatic effect? Answers on a postcard!