Right, that’s enough taking the piste, I’m off to build an igloo!

This week’s column has come to you from the top of a glacier in Alagna, a beautiful part of Italy.

Now this is where technology makes life easy for me and allows me to operate without any of the stress of meeting my editor’s deadlines.

The views are breathtaking and this puts me in the ideal mood to come up with some creative writing without too many distractions.

We are 3,000 metres above sea level, snow has fallen almost every day for the past month and continues to do so.  Transportation is good, buses and cars are running as normal.  The local shops are well stocked with fresh food.  Bread and milk are in abundance and there is no sign of any panic buying.

The temperature here is well below freezing, but the local residents and visitors alike are thoroughly enjoying the winter season and all that it brings.

Clearly, if this was happening back home, we would all be in ‘shut down’ mode and a state of chaos and panic.  Right, that’s enough taking the piste, I’m off to build an igloo!