A week is a long time in politics
Taking a "quiet week" off is almost impossible for political journalists just now.
After the election; the formation of the coalition Government and the emergency budget I persuaded myself that it was the right time for a few days in the sun.
I got back to Yorkshire a week of Cornish pasties and cream teas to find I'd missed the Prime Minister and the entire cabinet in Bradford; the Deputy Prime Minister in Sheffield and another round of threatened cuts in public spending.
Huddersfield's Harold Wilson coined the phrase "as week is a long time in politics".
But I think he had a better one for people wanting to take a break from the breathtaking pace of political events.
"I'm an optimist. But I'm an optimist who takes my raincoat."