There are some film cliches that, as soon as you hear them, immediately ring alarm bells: the grizzled cop who decides to take on that one last case two days before retirement, the ingenue who creeps down the stairs in form-flattering sleepwear to find out what that strange noise was in the kitchen, any release starring Gerard Butler.
I wonder if there comes a point at which we run out of uncharted waters and sail into the territory that used to be marked on maps as, 'Here be Dragons'? So far, even if we haven't sailed in the waters before, there's always been a sense that we'd be able to navigate our way through; even if there was no certainty as to where, exactly, we'd find ourselves afterwards.
A raft of information in recent days has set out in stark terms the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit and will add to the deep sense of alarm and unease across a number of sectors if the UK crashes out of the EU on October 31.
Boris Johnson's tenure as prime minister has gone from bad to worse with three senior Scottish judges declaring his proroguing of Parliament and the advice he gave to Queen Elizabeth was unlawful, which is hugely significant from a constitutional and political perspective.
I confess to an unhealthy preoccupation with health matters, fed by an equally unhealthy obsession with reading articles conveying dire warnings about how nearly everything I do and enjoy, or don’t do because I don’t enjoy it, is going to shorten my life.
While the focus in recent days has been on the chaos at Westminster and uncertainty over the arrangements for the border post-Brexit, violent dissident republicans have been seeking out ways to cause maximum disruption and mayhem in Northern Ireland.