C Yulayta, email

A MAN is flying a hot air balloon and realises he is lost. He reduces altitude and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further until he’s in earshot and shouts: “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says: “Yes. You’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 10 metres above this field.”

“You must work in information technology,” the balloonist replies.

“I do” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”

The man below says: “Well, you must work in business.”

“I do,” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”