Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Gin really does have a nice flavour.... Excuses out of the way, down to the subject matter. 2008 is a very special year for Puttees. 1. It's the TA Centenary. 2. It's Puttees' half centenary (07:30 today to be precise). 3. It's Puttees' third-century in the TA. 4. It's near as damn it Puttees' diamond jubilee as a sapper (actually 26 years) 5. It's Puttees' son's 21st later this year. 6. It's Puttees's daughter's 18th later this year. Regrets? There are a few. 1. It's the first year in my entire TA career that I haven't attended every weekend available. 2. It's the first year in my entire TA career that I haven't attended every weekend available. 3 It's the first year in my entire TA career that I haven't attended every weekend available. 4. I admit to starting to feel very old - yet I'm still the youngest of my peers. If only I had a Padre... 1, 2 and 3 may not seem significant, but in the past, I've been sent to far-away exotic places (Hong Kong, Beijing, Ascension, Barcelona) and still found a way to get back for weekends. I admit to feeling guilty. I should have tried harder. What has been good in those years? 1. 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Volunteers - you really learn comradeship in the Infantry. Thanks to everybody. I'll also thank The Green Howards. 2. The Royal Engineers. Specialist Teams particularly, both TA and Regular. It's a very different facet of the Army. Very clever people who provide the ability for others to perform. Cheers lad (and lasses)! 3. ARRSE. You've brought together old friends and memories. Irreverent and controversial, you epitomise the soldier. Thank you. Happy 2008, everyone.