Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: An A.W.O.L. Apology ...

27 March 2006

An A.W.O.L. Apology ...

We're sorry we've not seen much of each other over the last several days. And we mean that most sincerely. Really. We've missed you all - and we only hope you've missed us, even half as much.

Maybe we should have said something before we went, but whatever -- we took an unannounced leave of absence. However, at least our particular AWOL has elicited an apology, albeit belatedly. Which is a lot more than anyone ever had from another infamous AWOLer -- who shall remain nameless -- well, for a while at any rate.

Within the next 24 hours we should both be back in the business of bringing our regular news and views to those who seek to see the same, from a pair of Old Brits such as we.

Anyway, a combination of a couple or so things conspired to lead up to us hiding our collective light of late.

One reason we unashamedly admit was sheer, shattering exhaustion of the cumulative kind. What between blogging, back & forthing between clinics, doctors and dentists, and filling in reams of [invariably, unbelievably unfathomable] flaming forms -- we were, for want of more fitting and refined phraseology, flipping well f*cked. Remember, we're no chickens: not in any sense of the word.

Another reason, though it may sound sorta corny and more than a little over used these days, was "... to spend more time with our family." Leastways, with our lovely and loving daughter. And since here in the UK it was Mothering Sunday yesterday, the missus & me spent the weekend sharing it with her.

Papers, magazines, TV, radio and even the web have all taken a back seat for four or five days. But now we believe our Old Brit batteries are fully re-charged -- or almost. So like we said, within the next 24 hours normal service should be resumed. Or at any rate a reasonable facsimile thereof.

So, as short and sweet as this post may seem, it's already bye-bye & ta-ta for now -- see you again soon. And we do mean soon -- real soon. Honestly.

** UPDATE: While you're waiting, have a look at this. LA and Paris aren't the only places where the people are showing our dear leaders how pissed off they are. This strike here in the UK today seems set to be the biggest since the historical General Strike, 80 years ago in 1926. (Note for our American readers: 'council' workers are equivalent to your 'city' workers.)

Below is a quick BBC clip & paste quote. You can read the rest right here.

Big council pension strike begins

The council workers' strike follows a long-term disputeUp to 1.5m UK council workers have begun a 24-hour strike over pensions.

Hundreds of schools, libraries and sports centres are shut, with services including transport, courts and refuse collection also hit.

Unison, the biggest of several unions involved, said early indications were of "solid" support for the walkout.

The strike is over plans to scrap a rule allowing some people to retire on a full pension at 60, which the government says is discriminatory.

The unions say it could be the biggest stoppage in the UK since the General Strike in 1926.


Anonymous graniab said...

I was afraid that you were having health problems - relieved to hear that you are fine and just dossing - deservedly so!

1:03 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

Hey, take it easy you two. You're old enough to know better that even when the spirit is willing the flesh can be weak. Seriously, don't overdo it, or you may end up not being able to do it at all.

Sending all my best.

1:37 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to take a break..

I see .

If I was there, I'd be out on the streets with a big 9/11 was an inside job placard.

9:38 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I mucked up the post above.

George Bush's No 2 is coming to your town. That's waht I was saying.

Best Wishes

9:39 am  
Blogger Richard said...

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4:16 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

graniab & bluey,

Thanks friends, you're too kind. Don't worry too much though, we're as tough as an old pair of army boots really. But sometimes we really do need to take a break to 'catch our breath' you might say.


Thanks a lot for that link. Oddly enough, my wife and I had been discussing exactly THAT topic, just an hour or so earlier.

I'd dearly love to be there, but these days prevailing health & weather conditions increasingly dictate the whats, wheres, whens, whos and hows of life. All things being equal though, I'll be doing my damndest to honour that witch with my presence.

Incidentally, in case I do manage to get there -- all & any donations of over-ripe tomatos, bad eggs, tins of red paint, bags of flour, buckets of tar, sacks of feathers, sachets of stink-bombs, pails of pee and/or shovel-fulls of shit -- will be most gratefully received.

4:20 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

It's good to see some of us on strike again, this is fast becoming a nation of poodles, rather than bulldogs...

Do take care of yourselves. Plenty hot toddies should do it although you might never WANT to get better, of course!

5:42 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Take it easy Richard :-)

7:58 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

My blogspammer has returned with a vengeance, this time publishing multiple identical comments, each several pages long. I've therefore had to enable comment moderation, to my regret...

9:34 pm  
Blogger Phyl said...

Richard, take your time. Family *is* more important.

You know, if I were to send a shipment of tomatoes and fruit from Toronto, they'd be REALLY ripe by the time they arrived there. In perfect condition!

9:52 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks, Gert.

As for your mad blog-stalker/spammer, I strongly suspect you may be dealing with some sort of 'organisation' as opposed to a single individual. I've known others suffer similarly when dealing with the same 'subject'.

As for moderating, I honestly wonder whether or not that isn't preferred by intending posters, over the painstaking, eye straining, entry of those weird blogger 'letter jumbles'.

Thanks to you too, Mark.

However, from what I've heard/read, you need to do the same. I hope things went well for you recently, health/medical wise.

Phyl, thank you too - I will do, my friend. And as for those tomatoes - ha - I bloomin' well bet they would be, by the time they arrived over here.

12:26 am  
Anonymous Rex said...

Richard - you can add me to your thanks list. 'Cos I too am hoping you're much better ~ and telling you to take it easy. !:-)

12:36 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

very inspiring about the strikes....and glad that you are back..hope you are feeling better...both of you take care....((( ))) ...HUGS ..many your way.....

8:16 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

very inspiring about the strikes....and glad that you are back..hope you are feeling better...both of you take care....((( ))) ...HUGS ..many your way.....

8:16 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Rex & Enigma,

Thanks a lot, I am [slowly but surely] feeling better.

I think what I need most is some warm sunshine. Being a fire-sign LEO, I really DO NEED that stuff - LOTS & LOTS of it :^)

11:10 pm  

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