There is a trivial flaw with my passport that was queried when I last landed in the UK. The damage has got fractionally worse since then. I’m supposed to go on a business trip to the US a week today so I rang up the Passport office to check if it would be okay to fly with it. They – unsurprisingly – said I should get a new one. Getting a new passport in a hurry is a real pain in the arse. If I can get it all organised in time, it is likely to cost me £89. The consequence is that I am really irritable right about now. And I need to get new passport photographs.