Happy Christmas to all my readers x Alan

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all of my readers over the past year and thank you for your support; the graph below shows where you all come from. The countries in BOLD are ones that I have previously visited although there are many more (e.g. Seychelles, Guernsey) but I haven’t had readers from those countries yet. When I continue with my Royal Navy page I’ll be writing my memoirs of my travels.

Meanwhile with retirement about a year away I look forward to visiting places I haven’t been to yet and all of those in low case type below are on my bucket list. So if you live somewhere I haven’t been yet please do let me know what I’m missing. Cool Yule x Alan

Country

Views

UNITED KINGDOM

6,715

United States

1,971

Japan

424

AUSTRALIA

197

GERMANY

174

Canada

139

INDIA

122

Israel

48

IRELAND

38

FRANCE

35

Spain

31

Pakistan

28

Republic of Korea

28

ITALY

26

SOUTH AFRICA

22

Philippines

20

Ukraine

18

NETHERLANDS

17

NEW ZEALAND

15

MALAYSIA

13

Norway

12

Sweden

11

Russian Federation

11

Taiwan

11

TURKEY

10

THAILAND

10

Sri Lanka

9

GIBRALTAR

9

SINGAPORE

9

Indonesia

8

United Arab Emirates

8

Malta

8

Saudi Arabia

8

AZERBAIJAN

7

Mexico

7

Argentina

7

ICELAND

7

Croatia

7

GREECE

6

Czech Republic

6

Jamaica

6

Chile

5

CYPRUS

5

Romania

5

HONG KONG

5

Estonia

5

Poland

4

DENMARK

3

Georgia

3

Belgium

3

Hungary

3

Iraq

3

JERSEY

2

Montenegro

2

Bahrain

2

Portugal

2

Switzerland

2

Lithuania

2

Brazil

2

Austria

2

KENYA

2

Cayman Islands

2

Mauritius

2

Bangladesh

1

Qatar

1

Tunisia

1

KUWAIT

1

Finland

1

Bolivia

1

Bulgaria

1

El Salvador

1

CHINA

1

Oman

1

Algeria

1

GAMBIA

1

Uzbekistan

1

Egypt

1

Barbados

1

Albania

1

Maldives

1

Colombia

1

Konnichiwa Japan

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Quite often on my website I am in touch with lots of my readers, some from America, some from Europe, some from the Middle East and some from as far away as Australia and its a real pleasure for me because I love hearing about other cultures and have been fortunate in my life to have travelled extensively. Forgive me if I have missed your country out, I’m really only generalising – but DO send a message and tell me off 🙂 But also tell me something about where you live and what you do please.

Although I never know who is reading my website (unless you message me to tell me) I do know which country a reader is from – that’s all the information I am given. Recently I’ve noticed an increase in readers from Japan and so I just thought I would say ‘Konnichiwa’ and welcome to them as I know good manners in that country are very important. And if YOU are one of those readers don’t forget to say hello and introduce yourself here – you can do that by leaving a comment to this post or by email to me at spailpinfanac@aol.com

Meanwhile to the other 14000 folks from everywhere else in the world who have supported my website so loyally over the years….I love you all millions and thanks for all of your comments, your likes, your follows and for just being there for me through my ups and downs. You are my very private world and although we may not have met each other I have lost count of the times you have given me the backbone to achieve when I could so easily have failed. X x Alan

Today I met one of my followers!

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Today has been an amazing day for me in that I met and spent time with one of my followers, Brian Pears. Brian has followed my blog for some time and helped me put together some of my childhood history through his own research which has been so priceless for me.

We met in Saltwell Park, Newcastle on Tyne, had a cup of tea, a walk around the lake and chattered about life in the north east, my life and his life. In the short time we spent together our virtual friendship became a real one which I hope will be an enduring one. Such things to me are what the Internet is really about. Take care Brian, and Jai Ho!