Well I’m off later tonight for a few days away with my family and my thoughts over this festive period. I will be returning to ATW on Thursday, December 28th. It will be very different this year without my best friend to celebrate with me. On the other hand, I am steadfast in my belief that he will be having a far happier time than any of us in this world can comprehend. It is that which gives me courage.
I wish to take the opportunity of wishing people a Merry Christmas. I would like to thank David, Alison, Mike, Tom and Richard for their contributions to our growing site. Thanks to the regulars who keep us on our toes – especially the likes of Colm, Aileen, Ivan, Patrick and Monica. I can honestly say this had been a bad year for me (losing a loved one is never easy), but I look forward to a better 2007.
It is important to remember that the season of goodwill is primarily about the birth of this gentleman. It is not about material possessions, gluttony or rubbish on the television. Too many in our society are quick to forget that fact so I ask people here to keep the birth of Jesus Christ firmly in their thoughts over the next few days. Enjoy the time you spend with your respective families. I think Christmas really emphasises the importance of having a close family around you. We should also reflect on those who will not be able to come home this year.
Before I depart I would like the remind everybody in the UK that Jaws is on ITV1 tomorrow evening at 11:45. It should be the duty of everyone to tune in and be enthralled once again by the best movie in the history of world cinema. In fact, should I ever form a political party, my first manifesto commitment would be the compulsory screening of Jaws every night of the week. Once again, a Merry Christmas and God Bless!
‘Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain. For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so never more shall we see you again.’