Want sprinkles with that?
The European Parliament awaits Gordon Brown's speech on the world economic crisis, but other important work goes on.
"People may be tightening their belts - but everybody loves ice cream," says Italian MEP Iles Braghetto, speaking to a packed news conference about the European Day of home-made ice cream. I am late into the room, so never find out the exact date. Hearing mention of a tasting session I fear I might miss the prime minister's speech while tucking into a tub, so I make my excuses and leave, tightening my belt as I do so.