Okay, okay, I'm back from being out to lunch. The hard drive in my laptop failed and I was down. Not completely - I used my iMac for a few days, and therein lies a story, and a blog post to be made later - but to the point where I couldn't blog. Anyway I'm back - thanks, Compaq, for the excellent next day support - so stay tuned for a blizzard of updates...
[ Later: I had some old posts trapped in my laptop, which I've posted on their original dates. Please see below, especially our Chardonnay tasting... ]