I accept that each passing year seems to go by faster than the one before … I blame global warming and the global financial crisis. I would normally also include French President Francois Hollande and his Socialist Government in any negative list, but they are already so hated by all the French people that it doesn’t seem to result in the same heights of satisfaction for me to abuse them that it once did.

I intend to spend the last days of 2013 with family and good friends eating and drinking more than I should, and adding numerous new laugh lines to a face that I already find hard to recognise anymore.

To my family and friends, my colleagues in the exciting young companies I work with and who tolerate my interference and story-telling, the polite people who sit through my speeches, my Facebook friends, my mentees, my Linkedin connections, my fellow twitterites, my blog subscribers, my blog accidental drop-ins and even those bankers and government officials who email me because they have found a serious money opportunity from a namesake of mine who died intestate, I wish you all a wonderful end to 2013.

Xmas 2013

May the coming year fill your life with wonder, and may the fates fulfil even your wildest dreams.

In the words of Australian cartoonist, poet and cultural commentator Michael Leunig “If you see anything mysterious or unusual, just enjoy it while you can”.

I will be back on air on January 6th, 2014.



  1. Merry Christmas to you and Victoria and thanks for all your entertaining and enlightening posts this year. Love from Gav and Ange, the children, dogs and chickens at Bauduc.

  2. Rim says:

    There is this saying …” Be on the alert to recognise your prime whatever time in your life it may occur ” …. in your case Les, your words of wisdom certainly qualify you handsomely …. not too old but young enough. Take care in 2014 as I want to enjoy your utterances. Merry Christmas to you and Victoria . Rim

  3. trevorblee says:

    Right back at ya – as they say in the USA – Les. You words since we became acquainted in the ether have been an inspiration and I look forward to seeing you “back on air” in the New Year.
    Peace and good health as ever. A bientot – Trevor

  4. Thierry says:

    Merry Christmas, a happy new year and looking forward to read you in 2014 !

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