I just looked to the last page. You made the Circle, more than I did!
I'll read through next week - I have Dacha duty this weekend.
Seriously, thanks for the kind words - past and present. It all comes down to "How do I get out of this? I know what's behind and no way am I going back. So.... "
Don't let others tell you otherwise - we both know the date in the (much used) passport is wrong and it's only the mirror that's getting older!
I'm the guy on the left - just keeps going!