Economic recessions, whether national or personal, have never been good. In times past such a thing as a recession meant real suffering in the UK. Today I am glad to say this is not the case, well it is not the case in that should actually starve. Benefits provide for those who fail to find work and stop them either sleeping on the streets or starving. Benefits certain 'Daily Mail' readers and cabinet ministers wish to bring to an end! Some do slip through the net, sometimes this is their fault, sometimes the system fails. Others see their companies, both large and small going to the wall as the recession bites, often through no fault of their own. There are of course those who can take advantage of this, temporary workers agencies for instance, these come into their own in times like these. These two cars were bought a year or two ago to provide transport for the owner of one such agency. Six in all were obtained to provide transport for the top men in the company. (incidentally my bike's puncture has now been fixed) It is a strange situation in many ways. Companies do go to the wall, directors and staff often losing their homes because of this and yet others can run expensive cars, and they are not even members of David Cameron's Cabinet! I note the man in the thousand pound suit is not yet troubled, we are indeed 'all in this together,' eh Dave? There is an increasing divide between the have's and have not's, many suffer badly because of rising costs, especially concerning energy supplies, and yet as a nation we still run expensive cars, buy expensive clothes and look to profit by selling the house for an increase on what we paid for it. We still expect to get what we wish, and whine loudly when cuts force us to buy what we need as opposed to what we want. (Tell me about that!) In the 1930's the depression led to soup kitchens and real hardship. Rents could not be paid, clothes and food could not be bought, yet today we can retain expensive mobile phones, cars of some sort, and worry about our weight. It's a funny old recession right enough. The nation, indeed the west, just got slack when wealth became common and when living of the fat of the land we still remained unsatisfied. maybe we forgot what life was all about? Wealth is good, I will buy a lottery ticket, however a wealthy nation becomes lazy, dull and self satisfied. The media satisfies our demands for things to fill our emptiness with dumbed down pap and we lap it up. Maybe the west in general required a good shaking, maybe we need to remember what matters? I would be happy being shaken if we were 'all in this together,' but I suspect the usual suspects will come out of this alive. Now, where is that mince.....?