As ever, Mr Balloon's finger is on the pulse of world affairs as he misses the Middle East crisis by only a few thousand miles to fly in to Afghanistan, where of the world's largest poppy fields are to be found.
Landing at the airport, he did two choruses of "Is this the Road to Amarillo" and "There'll be Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover" before the soldiers could direct him to Kandahar and the Centre of Taliban power.
After he left, the troops said that they had cheered up enormously.
It is good to see that Mr Balloon will be striving for a new peace in the area by lecturing the Afghan people on their need for a better WORK-LIFE BALANCE and implementing his new HUG-A-HIJAB initiative.
I hope that he is able to enjoy his trip and relax, safe in the knowledge that the REAL OPPOSITION is covering things in his absence.
[R: PS - diaries entered by TIME WARP today: Day 2021, Day 2022 and Day 2023]