So here goes....
National debt: £915,287,000,000 approx
Budget deficit: £168bn
Bank of England base rate: 0.5%
FTSE 100: 5350
Quantitative easing: £200bn
Most recent CPI: 3.4% (target is 2.0%)
One pound is worth: €1.1683, or US$1.4496, or CHF 1.64, or NOK 9.00
One barrel of Brent crude oil costs: $75.95
One litre of petrol costs: £1.219
One pint of organic milk costs: £0.53
Nationwide house price index: £167,802
Halifax house price index: £168,202
And the major topics of the day are....
- The ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano is closing UK and European airports on a periodic basis.
- A deep water BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking several thousand barrels of oil a day into the sea. BP have tried and failed to cap the well head but have had more luck inserting a syphon into the well. Oil is just starting to come ashore in Florida.
- Greece has been bailed out with EU money. Everyone is waiting with baited breath to see if contagion will spread to the other PIIGS nations.
It will be interesting to see if this is all ancient news in five years' time, or the start of something much more significant than we currently realise.