Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Gambian independence. I wish this tiny African country, inhabited by some of the most wonderful, kind, caring and generous people on the planet, a long and happy future.
Today is the Chinese New Year. One of the tiniest and one of the largest civilisations - how much can one learn from the other?
And here's me, 79 years old, still muddling along, creaking a little (on a good day), surviving due to parental genes and the NHS, ready to face my 80th year with another book to finish, more poetry to write, more friendships to celebrate.
May I wish everyone good health, long life, love and happiness - best wishes to you all. It's raining here today but the sun still shines.