At the end of the day
footballers will agree, it's about the end of the year, Brian.
You will have your own reflections on the year. I have mine. If it's wisdom and insight you're looking for, there are, as you know, better places than this to find it. But reflecting on the year on PM is difficult. I can never remember what we did the day before yesterday, let alone several months ago.
And yet a couple of things stand out. This blog is one of them. Outstanding, as I've constantly noted, not because of what I write, but because of what other people write. And it's more than that - the spirirt of it has made this blog and this year so striking. We never knew where it was going or what it might do and it constantly surprises. We have never been able to have that kind of relationship with our audience before - and our listeners have never been able to have any kind of relationship with each other before. And I've a feeling this is just the beginning.
Then there was Windows On Your World. For all our problems with duplicate postings, delays and fluffs - it was and is an amazing feature. We got some fun radio out of it in advance, and then when the pictures began to pour in - we reckon around six thousand - we, (again for the first time) got a proper insight, after more than 35 years on the air, into what our listeners are doing, and who they are. It will continue into 2007 and (frankly, if we don't pull our fingers out) into 2008.
In our office, we miss Nick. We worry that changes in our workplace will mean we can't bring you the programme you're used to no matter how hard we try. We fret about where Newsletters go for days on end. Nigel's from Thursday and mine from Friday arrived late last night - drunk with no explanation of where they've been. We may ground them.
Yet through it all, you offer me protection...a lot of love and affection...no wait, I'm rambling now.
If you have your own reflections on the year you can post them here. Maybe your hopes for 2007. Or not. Up to you.
But in any case, thanks for listening, reading, posting, sending, and being patient when we screw up. You can be sure we'll do it again from tomorrow. I'll be there at 5pm. Join me if you can.