Hello ;-) As so many of my friends seem to be trending here, this looks like a good time to join in the discussion. I have my own version of Simon's description of my birthday dinner! Plus I should be working as I have a deadline, but I also have a cold and I've spent the morning with mugs of ginseng tea reading Charlie Stross's new short story collection filched from Simon's book pile - Toast. A lot of the stories I've seen before but taken together they remind me what a charmingly twisted mind Charlie has. Good with ginger and horehound.