Latest posts by Martin Moodie (see all)
- Kicking Hexapentakis Truncated Icosahedron where it deserves to be kicked - July 23, 2021
- Cheered up by Writers’ Tears and a visit to the D’oC - July 21, 2021
- Out in the jungle while a mad Zookeeper runs amok - July 20, 2021
The moon has a face
And it smiles on the lake
And causes the ripples in time
I’m lucky to be here
With someone I like
Who maketh my spirit to shine
– Warren Zevon, ‘Don’t let us get sick’
Regular readers of The Moodie Blog will have noticed that I have been less than prolific in my contributions lately, for which I apologise. Normal service, I promise, will be resumed as soon as possible.
The lack of entries is down to an unexpected personal development after I was diagnosed recently with stomach cancer.
The purpose of this communication is not to regale readers with details of my complaint – it is no more noteworthy than similar illnesses being suffered by millions all around the globe.
However, I am in a highly visible industry role and therefore, on balance, have decided that there is a need to communicate my occasional and perhaps prolonged absence in the weeks to come as I begin treatment.
I also feel a need to express my profound gratitude for the immense kindness and warmth that has been shown to me by so many people in the industry who have heard the news. I am deeply touched by their expressions of support and concern.
Similarly, the entire Moodie Report team, already a close-knit band, have stepped in behind me to a degree that fills me with both humility and pride. Individually and collectively they are class acts, and it is their strength, passion and ability that is the real hallmark of this organisation that I am so honoured to lead. It is intensely reassuring to know that the quality of our product will not suffer in my absence.
To close, I am in good spirits, determined to defeat this illness while respecting its magnitude. My prognosis leaves plenty of cause for optimism and it is my absolute conviction that I will emerge from this period in my life strengthened both physically and spiritually. I am in good medical hands and supported by the most extraordinary and loving of families.
Readers will understand that I need some privacy in the weeks ahead, though I will still endeavour to answer e-mails during periods of absence from the office.
Thank you, as I have said many times down the last eight years, for your support of The Moodie Report.