Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but I have had enquiries from about half a dozen aficionados asking when I might return to clog up the internet still further.
Pleased to report that with the help of an offspring who is well into his 50s and thus fully up to date with computer stuff, my new computer is up and running.
The curious thing is that whilst I have been away from these pages, very little has grabbed my attention to the point where I felt compelled to rant about much. The problem is that there is so much grief, uncertainty, hype and downright bad news that it`s impossible to go on about it all. So I`ve fallen back on that old subject of football, which is indeed the gift that just keeps giving.
The Premier League has just kicked off and my heroes of the south coast have had an interesting time of it. The new manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, has brought a new, more positive, management style to the squad who have apparently `bought into it` - that is with the exception of the captain, Virgil van Dijk, who has put in a transfer request following interest (and no doubt another shed-load of cash) from Liverpool.
The season`s first game ended in a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea but despite having 29 shots on goal only two of them were on target meaning that it is now nine hours of football at St. Mary`s without the Saints managing to score. But football can always produce moments of unintentional irony. This time it was Dusan Tadic who, having blazed a gilt-edged scoring chance wide of the upright from all of two yards out, suggested in a post match interview that "We need to be more clinical in front of goal."
Oh well, I suppose there might be some comfort in self-awareness. If only it were true.