B is on the phone. "Listen," she says, "Something terrible has happened." She can barely speak and I can hardly hear her. "America has attacked Japan!" "No that's nonsense," I say, "Why would they? Surely Bush wouldn't be that mad." "Yes yes my sister heard it on Sky news." We hang up - eventually I hear a report on the radio about an unscrupulous journalist cooking up the story out of nothing. What had actually happened was an American tourist had made a complaint about the lack of hygiene on a Japanese plane.