... or fate giveth and fate taketh away.
A couple of months ago a member of the chess club I play at emailed with a simple request. He was travelling to Europe on government business and as luck would have it, the business was in Sofia(!) and the dates were this week. So he wondered if I could help him find tickets to the World Championship Match Opening Ceremony and Game 1. After a few emails that went all the way up to Silvio Danilov, everything was arranged, and he was getting primo seats for Anand v Topalov.
That was until Eyjafjallajökull erupted, resulting in the cancellation of all flights between Australia and Europe. So sadly the whole thing has fallen apart, and he is stuck watching the match alongside the rest of us back here in Australia at 1am in the morning.