... but I have been away, having a short break up in the far (but not frozen) north, on the Orkneys again - it was fabulous ! We had great weather, lots of sun though a chilly wind, and masses of wonderful wildlife, including puffins and orcas and .. and.. and - just amazing.
Fortunately the cottage we rent there has a broadband connection, so my work didn't get neglected and I was able to keep on top of it all while I was away - and there is quite a bit of it at the moment one way and another!
The World Wide Bridge Contest is being played on Friday 6 & Saturday 7 June, so our servers are all eagerly awaiting the onslaught of results and players looking to see how they have done - details of that can be found by clicking here.
The European Championships in Pau will be starting soon, and you will be able to watch the online vu graph on BBO of course, and download all the bulletins and results etc from the EBL Website. I will be posting a link to the players convention cards on the pages about Pau at ECatsBridge, where you can find details of the draws as well.
After that, it is time to set the sights firmly on Beijing and the World Mind Sport Games - we are getting more information about this for the teams, and I am running a mailing list so if you want to receive details as they become available, please just email me with your name and country and tell me you want to be added to the list.
For those of you interested in Simultaneous Pairs, now that the EBU has decided to progress with the "pay to play" strategy, you may like to know that their events will, I understand, be restricted to EBU affiliated clubs. However, I am assured that the BGB events and certainly all the Charity events will, as normal, be open to all comers, and master points will be awarded. We are not yet quite sure how this will work, but don't worry as I am sure we will manage to work something out!
And now I must go back to my email and get on with some more "real" work! I will try not to leave putting up a blog quite so long next time :-)