I seem to have written an awful lot recently about matters publishing, so I will provide some personal news. I have been living in Cyprus for the last seven years, coming originally for the good weather and low cost of living, which stretched my money a little farther. Since joining the EU, Cyprus costs have been escalating, and although the tax system places a smaller burden on my funds, the benefits are consequently equally small. I have also come to dislike the summer weather, which is humid and enervating. It also seems to last longer now than it used to. I have decided to return to the UK therefore.
My wife and I have had a flat in Hastings for a couple of years, and we are now going to use it as our home base. The town is lively and full of opportunities, and lies close to Gatwick airport, and London. It will be a good jumping-off point for other places, when the English weather does not suit. I will miss a lot of friends in Cyprus, particularly the ones I made through Stage One - the drama group that was my mainstay on the island. But I have other drama groups to occupy my time in Hastings, and I will return to Cyprus and see the plays that Stage One put while we have our villa there.
As for writing, I am now beginning what I think will be the final Falconer story. I want to give him a fitting send-off, as he has been my companion for nearly twenty years. Who knows, though? Sherlock Holmes came back from the brink (not that I am comparing my meagre talents with Conan Doyle's), so Falconer might also. The thing is, I made the mistake in the early Falconers of adding a final section that told the readers what happened eventually to the principal characters. And now I am stuck with it! Oh well, here goes.