I just wanted to take this opportunity, as we near the end, to thank those of you who have kept reading me. It struck me today that there was a degree of near bravery attached to your continued presence here - not to mention the obvious elements of masochism and - stop me if I'm a bit near the mark here - perhaps more than a little obduracy. We have something in common, at least; reader and author tenuously united in their shared determination to see this thing through to the bitter end. There's a sort of courage in sharing, however tangentially, the suffering and ridicule of another. Please, don't ever think it isn't greatly appreciated.
As we've adopted so personal a tone for this one, I suppose I might as well name names (or nerm nerms, as we say at home, when we're being silly). Apologies to anyone lurking who's not made themselves known to me, but a hearty thank you to the following: Dave, Rog, Mme. (and for all I know, M.) DeFarge, Jendocino, Kev, so fleetingly he may well have given up like so many others Dickster, purely for old times sakes as I'm sure she is away with the tweeters and having her own life/blog-interface issues, Spinsterella and, how can I forget? All the kind souls over at the Rufus Sewell message board - there, that should get me a few more hits, eh!
And that, I think is it - again, apologies if you have been reading or commenting and are miffed that I've not mentioned you. Contrary to every conceivable appearance to the contrary, I do vastly appreciate anyone having taken the time to have read even the smallest portion of this - how did it ever get this far? - this vast opus. I had it in my mind quite early on that one day these blogs would make a sort of ultra-experimental modernist novel when viewed with enough distance from their diary origins. My apologies that this will test the limits even of such a highly fluid narrative form. But there you go - we can't all be Shakespeare. But then, I guess old Will never got to thank all his readers personally, as I have. That's the trade off.
Thank you. There's not too much more for you to endure...