I was wondering. This is the worst recession in my lifetime, and my parents lifetime. We own a Pub, with our own brewery. 2 years ago 42 pubs a week were closing in England, this year 54 pubs a week are closing. Our turnover is down now by over 50%, we've had to make major cutbacks on staff, and had to change our premium suppliers. We've had to change our menu to basic food items (such as cottage pie and chilli con carne) as premium meals such as our steaks, confit of duck, and fish are just not selling. In the meantime, at budget time, the government feels it's appropriate to keep raising the duty on alcohol, and makes no concessions for small businesses with business tax. It's like a morgue in the week. Very depressing, and a real headache. Even where we are situated, which is in probably the most wealthy area of England, we've had two beautiful country pubs close down in the last 3 months. If we can survive this, at least we have less competition. Is anyone else having difficulties? And adversely, is anyone thriving?