Thanks, everybody, for the good wishes.
You have really put the stiffness back in my spine, I was beginning to sag a bit.
I know I have not been the easiest guy to get along with; waspish, impatient and abrupt when I feel that others are not giving of their best.
I half-remember a line from an old film, it went something like:- 'A good man was never spoiled by an unjust blow'. This does not, however, excuse lashing out willy-nilly, and for any unjust...