Cloudy, cold and calm at the Castle this morn, the study is empty of anything ailing, the garden still needs a medium fettling and his Maj is not happy with the lack of temperature.
The Government has a "credible fiscal plan" to enable Britain to ride out the economic storm.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about his previous comments in 2009 that 'printing money is the last resort of desperate governments when all other policies have failed', Mr Osborne said: "We inherited as a Government a pretty desperate fiscal position and we had to take action.
"I think the crucial difference this time is that you've got a credible Government plan to deal with our debt."
He added: "I said the path of radical monetary action and responsible fiscal policy, that is the right route and in 2011 that is precisely the route we're following."
Mr Osborne said Britain's authorities were using "all the tools available" to deal with the "worsening global debt storm".
“Tools” being the operative word....
Health service managers who are responsible for funding patient care spent more than £100,000 in a year on awards ceremonies, away days and parties.
One Primary Care Trust alone had a bill of almost £15,000 for motivational staff events and entertainment that included a Christmas dinner.
Others used public money to pay for meetings at golf courses, retirement parties and barbecues.
It comes despite growing evidence that PCTs, who decide what drugs and hospital treatment to pay for, are increasingly restricting patient access to care.
A recent report claimed that some trusts are deliberately increasing waiting times to save money, with the additional result that some patients either “go private or die”.
Others are rationing access to cancer scans and expensive medicines, as the NHS struggles to save £20billion by 2015.
The World Conker Championships has been cancelled due to high winds.
The annual competition at Ashton Conker Club has been called off after bad weather blighted efforts to set up marquees at the site in Polebrook near Oundle.
About 300 competitors from 20 countries were set to take part in the championships on Sunday.
John Hadman, secretary of the club, said: "It is very sad."
Established in 1965, the championship attracts thousands of visitors every year that come to watch entrants from across the globe compete for the Conker Crown.
Mr Hadman said the event was too large to be staged indoors.
"The future is in the balance," "We want to carry on but the weather could be just as bad next year."
Shouldn’t have held the curry eating contest first....
Dutch national rail operator NS unveiled plans on Friday for passengers to have access to urinal bags on trains without toilets should they face an urgent need, courting controversy with commuters and politicians.
“This is for emergency planning, not casual use, like having first aid kits onboard. We are preparing for the winter, say for example when there is one metre of snow and evacuation is not possible,” NS Spokesman Edwin van Scherrenburg said.
Dutch media had a field day on Friday publishing stories with images of biodegradable urinal bags and several Dutch politicians expressed disbelief and amusement with the plans, which they said showed the need for toilets on all trains.
And if you need a number 2?
A Chinese woman astonished tourists when she scrambled up a 70ft castle wall - to avoid paying the £2.50p admission fee.
Nimble Ma Jei - who had no rope or safety equipment when - told other visitors she'd been climbing the walls of Zhonghau Castle since childhood and had never once paid to get in.
But when other visitors tried to follow her example, by trying to scale the virtually sheer walls of the attraction, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, they came unstuck.
Two tourists needed hospital treatment after falling and breaking their legs while three others had to be rescued by police officers.
"She ran up the wall like a goat and made it look easy. But when people tried it for themselves they saw it wasn't quite as simple as they thought," explained one tourist.
A paper car.
This 1969 Ford Mustang is made entirely of paper. Reproduced in its entirety down to the nuts and bolts and made to full scale, the famous American muscle car is displayed at the Hosfelt Gallery in New York City. The complex piece was created by 31-year-old artist Jonathan Brand.
Wonder why it doesn’t have windscreen washers.....
And today’s thought: "A blind bloke walks into a shop with a guide dog. He picks the Dog up and starts swinging it around his head. Alarmed, a shop assistant calls out: 'Can I help, sir?' 'No thanks,' says the blind bloke; 'Just looking.'- Tommy Cooper.