HAPPY NEW YEAR
It’s a funny old world.....
First of all - - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILDIE!!!!
From the photos you sent, it seems that a good time was had by all. Next year, can I come as well?
I’m serious about that last question, by the way. Now that The Nightshiftlet (or whatever) is drawing to a close, I’ve had some ideas and thoughts about us all sticking together as friends - but on an equal footing. To me, you are no longer my ‘audience’ or my ‘listeners’; you are my friends. And I hope you will allow me to be yours.
Despite my protracted absence from the blog (which Lawrence has charitably explained in a comment to blog 117) I would very much like us all to keep in touch if we possibly can. There’s lots to discuss, of course, but please bear that in mind over the next few days and weeks.
Perhaps a good place to start would be our End of an Era get-together. I know that The Keelman in Newburn has been suggested for the first convocation. Is anyone prepared to take the arrangement forward? Suggest times? Dates? Other venues? As you know, after next Wednesday, I’m fully flexible!
Once the awful pressure of saying my on-air goodbyes is over, I would really love to meet as many of my faithful truckshunters as possible. Those who can’t make the first Council Meeting could always come to the second. We could even arrange some ‘Shuntings’ - days out in the Spring and Summer for those who are prepared to join me in trying to grow old disgracefully, adventurously - and yet somehow sedately!
Tell your friends and mates. And tell Inga, who seems to have fallen by the wayside. I guess she has the momentous and wonderful events at home to occupy her!!!
Second of all......a huge vote of thanks from me to Lawrence, who has virtually been my representative on Earth for the last few weeks. His help through an extraordinarily difficult time has been invaluable. You’ll be hearing his voice again before the final curtain falls.
And thirdly....I guess you must be getting tired of, and/or bored with, my compliments by now but I have to say a highly emotional 'thankyou' for all of your good wishes and support since my redundancy was decided in December. You know very well that I mean it when I say I could not have survived the trauma in one piece without the help and support of the friends who have already contributed so much else to the last 18 months or so of my life.
You have enabled me to believe that this is not the end. Indeed, it could just be the beginning of a new and highly unusual development in presenter/listener relationships!
Come on. Let's make history.
How lucky I am.
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