This time tomorrow I’ll be in Latvia. All being well, I’ll have found my hotel, met my colleagues and have eaten. But you never know! I had to throw several wobblies this morning when first of all the XP laptop refused to do anything more than wheeze and pant and then, half way through a tortuous online booking episode, the vista laptop decided to sulk too. The online booking episode wasn’t the most straight forward either, with a simple refusal to let me book a seat on my second flight. Hey ho: The first e-Bookers call centre chappie said I’ll have to retrieve my bags in Amsterdam and re-book-in at the Air Baltic desk. The second e-Bookers call centre girlie said that that’s silly – of course I won’t – all will be booked through from Manchester.

We’ll see won’t we.