I'm off to London to see the Queen. Not to mention the King, a couple of Rooks and a few other bits and pieces.
I have several writing assignments based around the strongest chess tournament to be held in the UK for 25 years.
I have pre-loaded a few blog items to keep you interested so be sure to pop back to Marsh Towers every couple of days.
New book reviews will follow shortly after my return on 16 December.
Don't worry - my Xmas shopping is all done and all wrapped!