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  • As Smokey Robinson once said and the Temptations once sung, ‘Get ready, 'cause here I come’. Having paid the 2024 site hosting fee for the forum, the well of forum resources has run pretty dry and needs to be replenished to ensure that this isn’t the forum’s last year. Thus soon I’ll be rattling the forum’s virtual collection box in your direction.

    Whilst I hope that they won’t be offended by being so described, for some years now it has been ‘the usual suspects’ who have kept this forum in existence. And whilst there is some overlap between ‘the usual suspects’ and the most prolific users of the forum, there is also a high degree of mutual exclusivity between those groups. So whilst remaining keen to encourage those who’ve been generous in the past to be so again, this year I’d like to try to move toward a position where those who get most out of the forum are those who, in terms of a financial contribution to its running costs, put most into it. So if you’re a prolific user who hasn’t yet made a contribution to the forum, this call is addressed to you.

    Nobody is being asked to make a substantial contribution to the costs of operating the forum. Indeed, if a much greater number of members each made a small contribution, it is likely that the costs could be met by those. All I ask is that each member reflects upon what the forum means to them, and what they get out of it, and then make the contribution that they can afford to the costs of running the forum in the present year. There’s no fixed amount and every contribution, be it great or small, is both valuable and valued.

    Whilst I’ll approach ‘the usual suspects’ individually, if you’re not one of those but want to make a contribution to the running costs of the forum, having not done so hitherto, please send me a PM and I’ll let you have the details to enable you to make a contribution by way of an online bank transfer. If you want any more information about contributing, please do not hesitate to ask me. Otherwise I hope that you will be generous and thereby ensure that the forum that we all enjoy will be there to enjoy  not only this year but also, hopefully, in the years to come. But that’s up to you.

    With my thanks, in hope and anticipation.

    Pomme homme (forum administrator)

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