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A man in a hot-air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted from the basket: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don&#39t know where I am.”

The woman replied: “You are in a hot-air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist. The woman said: “I am. How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “Everything you told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information and, the fact is, I am still lost. Frankly, you have not been much help at all. If anything, you have delayed my trip.”

The woman said: “You must be a regulator.” The balloonist replied: “I am but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “You do not know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met but now, somehow, it is my fault.”

David Barnett DPB Independent Financial Services,Edgware, Middlesex

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