"Okay then. Everyone ready to go?"
Jim Hacker, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was standing in his study, looking around. This in itself was not unusual, although today the expression on his face was one of excitement, as opposed to its usual one of bewilderment. What was unusual (apart from the fact that Sir Humphrey Appleby was in the room and Jim wasn't bewildered) were the seven suitcases, along with various other small bags, that Annie Hacker was just finishing organising in a neat pile in the centre of the room.
"I can't believe that in 24 hours' time, we will be in Melbourne. In Australia!" Annie said, dropping the final bag, belonging to Sir Arnold Robinson, on the top of the pile. Her excitement quickly turned to dismay as the whole pile swayed precariously before collapsing.
Sir Frank Gordon, Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, looked at the bags scattered across the room without much interest. Turning his attention to Annie, he said, "I'm sure w