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Hello guys. I initially came here to wish you both well for the next months and beyond and for your hard work. I've subscribed to your blog for some years and enjoy it always. Not due only to it's content, maybe more due it being a 'professional' well presented aspect of my (gay) culture. This to me could be the gay equivalent of Vogue or Cosmopolitan or something similar. Then I read your editorial and I smiled at how it echoes almost all I think about New Year. I mentioned to someone today that I enjoy Christmas and all that we can make it. New Year is different: if we remove the alcohol component there is not much left to New Year celebrations whereas Christmas does need that part. I was in bed before the 'midnight' and happily so. This is not a negative: give me a great city like New York or Rome then the crowds will pass on their feelings and maybe it will engage me in their spirit of fun - but I can and do the same with dinner parties and friends that I gather around me at any time of the year. Similarly I think about this time when we celebrate with so much food and indulgence that those without must feel so much more separate and on the edge of our society. So, no it's not negative nor dismissive. To me it's making an intelligent observation that at any time of the year we can celebrate our future, our individuality and life and our commitment to loved ones; to making sense of some of the trivia that is increasingly part of current society. I wish you well now (and all our readers) as I can at any time of this year and next. The timing of my commitment to a decent fulfilling life has nothing to do with New Year's Eve - it continues as a goal. All the best Michael

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