I was on the road last week, around Birmingham and Manchester, talking to people about money and bank accounts and the like.
Two things occurred to me, both quite obvious things I suppose.
The places where we often talk to people in a research context condition what we learn.
If you look around less familiar places you can see how people are being affected by the downturn.
Income inequality has never been greater.
A friend told me this staggering stat yesterday. The wealthiest 400 individuals in America have more money than the poorest 140 million.
It pays to take the time to look around.
As I say, obvious, really.