For letting my Followers and Readers down by more-or-less disappearing for a while.
I'm afraid I have absolutely no excuse to offer except pressure of work : a slightly delayed essay to complete and hand in, and a particularly heavy professional workload including a lot of evening and weekend work for a very mixed lot of people in trouble - a seminarian, a parliamentary candidate, and a destitute mother and child to name but a few.
As they used to say on the BBC when that rather tasteful photo of the (black & white) goldfish appeared, 'Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible' . . .