Journalists visiting Gibraltar last week on a fact-finding mission organised by the domicile's finance centre suffered a landing delay.

Nothing too unusual with that, you may think, but the excuse used was a little odd. First, the pilot told passengers that "seagulls had to be moved from the runway", but not to worry because "we have enough fuel for 45-minutes' flight".

Planes flying into Gibraltar approach from the sea and, as the runway cuts through the beach, birds on the runway are quite common. But then, over the tannoy, came the truth.

"Erm, it seems in fact we have been delayed because someone has crashed his yacht into the flight path of the plane," said a sheepish pilot.

One wag in the press pack turned round and said: "Sounds like Mark Langford has arrived in town."