Very little to relate on a personal level, hence the gap in posting. Along the way there have been the occasional hilarities, such as this: http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,,1996644,00.html .
Last Sunday marked my 44th birthday. Spent most of the day at my brother's, surrounded by relatives. By 8p.m. it was starting to feel claustrophobic & the pub beckoned alluringly.