Difficult to know what order to do this in, so let me start by apologising for my absence over the last month and a half. I can see from both my blog stats and my twitter stream that a regular group of extremely kind people have been checking my blog regularly for updates which have not been forthcoming. I sincerely hope you've not been too disappointed by the lack of new content. It's something I'll be looking to remedy ASAP.
In my defence I have a reasonable excuse beyond simple laziness, though I won't deny that is certainly a factor. I won't bore you with the details as I think you'll agree drama is best kept on the stage but suffice to say I suffered a short spell of mortality realisation (it sounds so much better than 'a heart attack') and I've spent a bit of time being superbly cared for by the marvellous NHS. If only they'd provided free wifi I'd have dedicated a blog to them but, perhaps wisely, that's not a service currently on offer.
Since then I've been taking it easy and recuperating. Or, more accurately, switching between complete bone-idleness and well paced walks to keep the ticker going, aided by a marvellous electronic widget which, as far as I'm concerned, makes me only one step away from being Arnold Schwarzenegger.
During this time rummaging through old diaries seemed a little too much like hard work, but guilt has now outweighed lethargy and I'm going to get back to it. I've had a lot of requests for 'Boeing Boeing' so that'll be next on my agenda, followed by Little Voice which was determined to see come hell or high blood pressure. My review is something on the briefer side to my usual lengthy deconstructions, but hopefully will be of interest regardless.
Thanks for sticking with me during my absence. Your support means a great deal.
An Enthusiastic Amateur.