A lot of eurocrats had already started a week's holiday when the fire alarm went off -- according to today's European Voice, 'the building was less crowded than usual, with many staff having taken the week off because the Commission is closed tomorrow, Ascension Day, and Friday.'
So, got that? Many European countries mark Ascension Day with a Thursday holiday. The Commission expands it to a two-day holiday, making a long weekend. Which staff just naturally expand into a week's holiday.
Though I don't really mind that much. As long as most of the Commissioners -- only Barroso and nine of the 26 commissioners were in the building on Monday -- and a big chunk of the eurocrats are drinking in Italian nightclubs or tanning on French beaches instead of making laws in Brussels, our national liberties are that much safer for a few days. (May 20, 2009, The Daily Mail.)
Related: My post, CHRISTI HIMMELFAHRT AND JERRY FALWELL.