I’m sorry, MOPsMOBs, but I must resign as BTM. I’m afraid my situation
here is extremely difficult, I’m not really managing to keep up with
umra (even without the Great Laptop Catastrophe) and, frankly, my heart
just isn’t in it at the moment. This is not to do with umra itself,
it’s just how things are here. (i.e. It’s not you, it’s me.)
I have thought about how to ensure a peaceful transfer of power and have
discussed the matter with a couple of umrats, including Brritski. He is
willing to take on the role and I think he’d be an excellent BTM.
Obviously, the choice of BTM is a collective decision for umra, but
personally I should like to suggest that Brritski be the new BTM,
Over to you, umrats. I am genuinely sorry not to be able to carry on,
but there it is.
Ladies and gentlemen, umratic friends (not much overlap in that Venn
diagram). It gives me great pleasure, and has done for almost 60 years,
to accept this pristeg^W pistreg^W prestigu^W important role and keep
the fine traditions of umra going (and the not so fine).
I would like to thank you all (?) for your endorsement of this
Johnsonian  stitch-u^W appointment, but unlike Charles Moore and Paul
Dacre I will not be making radical changes. Despite my -ski suffix,
there will be no Russian influence or corruption, although if you'd like
to pack up some t-roubles in my old kit bag they will be welcome.
There will be no fraudulent postal voting, indeed there will be no
voting at all ! BTMski's decision will be final. And, unlike with
previous BTMs, often wrong ! Appeal to Lady Hale or the ECoJ if you
want, they will all be ignored.
Decisions about this year's BT Awards Ceremony will be announced at a
future date, but I am sorry to say that the Shrine of S. Pecsavers in
Durham is already fully booked which I'm sure is a disappointment to you
all. I hope to be skiing with the family over New Year though, so
perhaps we'll have a devolved ceremony in the Yeti bar in Pila (snow).
Please let me have any other suggestions for me to ignore.
In closing and in all seriousness, I'd like to echo all the comments
about Sid. He and his predecessors have set a very high standard that it
will be hard to meet. I hope the problems he is facing at the moment
improve soon and he can contribute to umra more fully again. It's not
the same place without him or his BT or fine MV.
 Sorry Sid ;)