It's been great! Thanks for everything.
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Did I mention the book of the blog?
Mark, I did email you as you know because I thought I wouldn't be here to say something on this occasion. I am more than happy to repeat those comments here in public. So best wishes for the future from both of us. I am sure I will be in touch and am sure we will bump into you somewhere. I have already signed up for the Mark Avery newsletter.
For what is a man what has he got
If not himself then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes it was my way
Thanks so much for all your hard work and brilliant work for the RSPB, Mark including this blog. Your blog has been a pleasure and very worthwhile. You will be very widely missed. All the very best in whatever you choose to do. I gather from my RSPB colleagues you are going birding across the USA as a start, so enjoy that. Maybe I might bump into you at the Bird Fair in August?
Hope you enjoy your trip Mark and will keep in touch.
We appear to disagree on a number of topics but you have tolerated my ‘input’ – no doubt knowing that the end was nigh
But I have to say that my interest in and knowledge of – bird life in general – has increased somewhat since my ‘involvement’ with your blog and I am surprised at the number of bird books that we’ve had for many long years which have been dug out and re-read.
However I have to say that I could never join the RSPB – the ‘gap’ is just too wide to even contemplate – it would be like joining the Labour Party – something – incidentally - I did as an ‘entryist’ but was subsequently rejected by the local Labour Party(!).
I wish you and yours all the very best and shall watch out for news of your progress -.
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