It's been great catching up with old friends recently. Only a couple of weeks ago my best friend, Mike - and Wendy, Hattie and Guy - came to stay in Polis and we enjoyed many happy hours with them. One of the only downsides to living "abroad" is that it takes a special effort to see old friends.
Today I heard from my old friend from Marlborough House days, Malcolm, and again it was super to catch up with news and views from my past. It would be even better if he and Philip come over to Cyprus next Easter, for a proper meeting.
Skype, email, mobile phones and the like have transformed modern life (not always for the better) but there is nothing like seeing friends face to face, over a cold beer or two, and putting the world's problems to rights.
It seems as if the whole world is on the brink of something nasty with Syria, Israel and Hamas, Ebola, Ukraine and any number of other conflicts. At times like this we count our blessings and hope sense prevails.