As a small businessman one is overly exposed to that variety of pundit and intra trade gossip that seems to accept that we in Australia are automatically and inextricably linked to the fiscal crisis that dominates the pages and channels of the local media.

Misery loves company and all too often "the only news is bad news" can overwhelm a realistic perspective of Australia's economy and cause one to forget that the fundamentals of this isle girt by sea are in no bad shape thanks to good fiscal governance and a fabulous resource base.

For evidence I offer up a small corner of the BBC website that is a blog from Nick Bryant about how the Poms see us:

Nick Bryant's blog on the BBC website