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2016 minus 1 hour

I hope everyone is having a lovely New Year's Eve. I've just eaten most of a Stilton with Grand Marnier Extract and Dried Fruit, which was reduced to 45p in Tesco the other day, so it's all good here.

Low points were Howard's bike accident in August, and several friends having undeservedly horrible things happen to them which I was powerless to do anything about.

Good highs, though. Back in January I spent two weeks in San Francisco with two sets of friends, Howard and I hired a Harley for the day, and I attended Further Confusion in San Jose. Here and elsewhere, I met many friends from the furry writing circuit in person for the first time.

I also had a great birthday: watching Spitfires take off from Goodwood on September 15th, Battle of Britain Day (I have often wished I'd managed to pop out a day early), and spending the birthday itself at an air museum and, later, a gin distillery.

I had three short stories published - The Analogue Cat, Gerbil 07 and A Blacker Dog - all of which I was very pleased with, and a couple of poems, ditto.

I've been with my current employer for just over a year, which isn't bad for a six-week contract. In summer my team acquired a new boss who immediately set about getting me a permanent position and a pay rise, both of which came into effect in October.

In biking news, the Integra has been in my possession for three years and done 55,000 miles. This year we visited such exotic destinations as France! Luxembourg! Germany! Birmingham! and Worthing!

Then there was my black belt, about which I continue to brag to anyone who can't run away fast enough.

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2016 bring great things to us all, for we are awesome.


:) I can't imagine ever wanting to fight you!
As long as you're not a Chelsea fan. ;)
That's what i thought... not like there's such thing as a pre-2012 manchester city fan or pre-2003 chelsea fan anyway. ;)
Gee, how many sheffield teams are there? Sheffield united, sheffield wednesday, sheffield steelers. XD
Oh. I thought this was still about football. XD

I will reply to your message in a moment; been away and using the mobile app, so I didn't get it before.

Actually, for a "mixed bag" year that sounds full of achievement!

Now you point that out, it does! It didn't feel all that achievy at the time, but it does in retrospect.
Sounds like a good year for you all in all. Happy new year! :)
And to you! Hope to cross paths some time!
Thanks — probably will, at CFz.
Happy New Year and may 2016's highlights be at least as spectacular!
Thank you! Same to you, and let us catch up at some point!
Happy New Year! :-) *hugs*
And to you! *hugs*
Well done on the Stilton there! Let's have many food adventures in 2016.
Gosh, yes, let's! One coming up quite soon, I think?
Yep, next week! I haven't heard anything from Digital Croydon but this prompted me to check and the Eventbrite page seems to be up. Caribsoul at 6pm?
That would be perfect!
Great — looking forward to it!
I am very impressed with your black belt. You should brag to me all you like.
You may regret that offer. Thank you!