My apologies. This was not the plan. Some of you (very few, admittedly) might have noticed that i suddenly went quiet in the middle of North America and had maybe held out slight hope that I had been arrested, defenestrated, committed suicide, killed, murdered or worse. Sadly, no. None of them. I just appear to have got horribly distracted.
But i still have large chunks of blog at least semi written. So I hope that i can finally update and finish this tale of woe in the coming weeks.
Just don't hold your breath.