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After my motorbike fall in May 2019, and subsequent injuries, Karen and I travelled through this beautiful region of our globe together. In 2020 I offered to work for Seabourn in South America/Antarctica. Covid halted those operations abruptly, and I got home circuitously on 20 March – the national Lock-down began on 26 March 2020. With all of our work cancelled for the remainder of 2020, it was a very dark time indeed. The flagstone in our friend’s garden reads “Don’t complain about the darkness if you haven’t lit a candle.” Our literal lighting of the candle involved embarking on a storytelling program via Patreon. We launched our first video/story on 8 April 2020.

For the first year we shared a story weekly, before moving to a fortnightly offering. With many Patrons we enjoyed monthly Zoom sessions online. Thankfully it turned out to be a lifesaver for us through Lock-down, for which we are very grateful indeed. Our sincere thanks to all who supported us via Patreon over the past 27 months. There have been 90 stories shared to the end of July 2022. With usual work beginning to return to normal, we have reluctantly decided to call it a day with Patreon. Life’s changing seasons..

My motorbike fall took place 6 days before a UK lecture tour in May 2019. With absolute horror we were forced to cancel the tour, and the British in their inimitable way, could not have been more gracious in their acceptance of what had happened. As Life’s seasons change, I am conducting a tour alone to England in October – 4 years after our last tour in 2018. Airfares and the short tour preclude Karen joining me sadly. It is clear that the fans in England are loving Silverstone, Glastonbury, Wimbledon and Ascot being live once again. Need we even mention rugby, soccer and cricket?

It is mentioned so often, that if anyone told me pre-2001 that I would one day be making a living out of telling stories, I would have laughed at them. Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point and 10 000 hours I consider often in terms of stories shared on the battlefields. More importantly, however, are the unique opportunities this most unusual vocation has afforded us. As the world attempts to live with Covid, and fewer restrictions, we look forward excitedly to the new season. If Covid has taught us anything, it is to have more real concerns, and fewer imaginary ones!
Wishing each and every one of you health, happiness and success as Life’s seasons change..

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