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21st December 2023

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2024!

Where did that one go? To quote her late majesty Queen Elizabeth's epic speech describing events of 1992 she stated "This is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis". Here at the Oldnautibits HQ we would not go quite as far in our summary of 2023, but let's say we have had better years.

Sadly, it seems the impact of global warming is making its presence felt here in the UK and across the world, with a succession of climate related catastrophes. In Britain we have faced a succession of named storms (the latest being today as these words are typed) and with our HQ being located on the very edge of the Somerset Levels we are very low lying and what we term locally as 'The Inland Sea' has returned again this December to worry many. Related issues have meant the team here have had to spend significant time 'manning the pumps' (both literally and metaphorically) and as such this has impacted on servicing the website and benefitting from our normal buoyant Christmas trade.

It is hoped, however, 2024 will see a new dawn for us all and the year will not present the challenges many of us have faced in 2023 and the team here are adopting the late Captain Sir Tom Moore's mantra "The sun will shine again the birds will sing and we'll all have a lovely day tomorrow. "

With very best wishes to our friends and customers here and across the world and in the hope that 2024 will finally see the 'Peace on Earth' that we all crave but is currently so sadly missing as we say goodbye to the year now ending.

Geoff Pringle
21st December 2023

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