I'm back, but not completely.
As some of you worked out from the carefully hidden clues in my last post, I have just been to Cape Town to see some of my family. When my flight took off from London a couple of weeks ago everything was hunky dory, but by the time it landed at the other end South Africa was an international pariah.
Which is why I'm now interned in a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Luton, with a lovely view of a brick wall and the soothing sounds of the airport flight path overhead. I am due to be released back into society a couple of days before Xmas, and normal service will resume then.
In the meantime, here is a tribute to my temporary home.