I've been in the garden. And with the knee specialist. And in Barnet (see photo). But now I'm back, prompted by an email from someone called Emilie.
Next year I will be the Foreman on the Writing For Design jury at the D&AD Awards. Emilie from D&AD emailed me saying that it would be good to publicise this fact, hence this somewhat delayed blog post.
For all of you reading (Tom, Mum, perhaps Paul), I hope you are proud of this achievement and if you need to know what Writing For Design is, here is a definition...
"Copy, long or short, that is integral to a piece of graphic design, and where the two aspects work in harmony with one another."
In other news, the cartilage in my left knee has gone. That's now both knees. The next op is in a fortnight. Afterwards I'm going to take up canoeing.
I should blog more, and I should have a good excuse for not doing so, and I'd like to say I've been busy, but then everyone's busy. Maybe I just took the summer off, but then I know some people who blogged while they were on holiday, about the quality of the towels in the hotel they stayed in.
Putting my finger on the reason for not blogging more is tough. Maybe I had to take some time out to reconsider my whole situation when an Australian woman said I looked a bit like Gerry Adams.
Or is it just because I am now a proper parent with other responsibilities, such as parenting, tidying, scolding and toilet monitoring. Maybe it's because I have a job and a house that are quite far apart. Maybe it's because I am a lazy good for nothing who was never gonna amount to much.
Or maybe it's because blogging sometimes gets a bit boring, like anything you do a lot (washing up, teaching English as a foreign language, growing tomatoes).
So I had a rest. And now maybe things will get more interesting.
Dan is a good man. I hope he doesn't mind me using this photo of him that I found on his blog. Sure he won't. He occasionally writes innocent labels for beer money and spends most of his time doing things with film for people. Grows veg, makes chutney, fashions catapults out of squirrel bones (maybe). You should get to know him.
I met Ben Harris a while ago. He is a great writer, a funny man and a proper gentleman. He's just refashioned his blog, entitled I Don't Know Do I? and I think it will turn out to be one of my favourites. Please pop over to Ben's for a quick how-do-you-do and some tips from Mr Vonnegut.