Thank you to everyone who said nice things about me yesterday. I wasn't fishing for compliments (honest) but it is always nice when you get them. I am going to be up and about for some of today at least, so I hope that I shall be able to answer some of my backlog of letters.
Getting older is a strange feeling. In the past few weeks I have looked in the mirror and seen my father (albeit my father with long hair, a beard, and about ten stone added to his body mass) looking back at me. Well my father was a great man who achieved remarkable things for Queen and Empire, but he could also be a silly old git, and I have inherited that part of his psyche at least. I am turning into a silly old git at times, and I do get upset when people attack me. But when I get messages of support like yesterday it takes that upset away, and when I look around the CFZ family I feel a glow of pride.
When I say `the CFZ family`, I don't just mean the social malcontents who live with me and Corinna. I don't even mean the slightly wider circle like David and Ross B-P, Matty Osborne, Maxy, Fleur and Tim whom I see on a regular basis, but I mean the family members who I haven't as yet met, like Tony in New Zealand, tirelessly scanning in fifty years of press cuttings for us, and Naomi and Ritchie, traversing Texas in search of blue dog information and jackalope piccies for the CFZ. I mean Jan in Oman (who I haven't seen in ten years now), chasing up stories of surviving lions, and Heather in the UAE looking for rare geckos.
You all make a silly old git feel very proud!