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Please send a gunboat

It could have been David in Saudi Arabia or it could have been Mary in St Ives but someone told me, many years ago, that in the midst of some internal crisis in the country in which they were living a chap from the British Consulate had popped by their house and put a short note under the door advising them to fill their bath with water.

Being the good citizen that I am I registered with the Consulate when we moved to Spain. You never can tell when you'll need a gunboat after all. And today the director of Consular Services, Iberia sent me an email about Swine Flu full of useful information about how to blow my nose and wash my hands.

Nice to know that Her Britannic Majesty's Government is still looking out for us.

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