Welcome to the dog days. August is the month to limit the Blackberry use to one hour for every five hours you spend in the sun. It's also the time to tackle the paperbacks that have been piling up on the night table (I've recently and shamefully discovered PG Wodehouse and wonder when my own Jeeves can write my BST columns, what?) and avoid ogling your hedge fund manager's trophy wife at the firm's annual summer bash.

You once thought that vacations were for mere mortals, but as a

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