As you will notice from the list of my likes and dislikes on the 'About' page (top left), in the past I have expressed my general dislike of the colour orange. I believe it has a depressive quality. To me it conjures up images of a line of inmates heading for death row. Well, as of today that has ALL CHANGED. Charles Kennedy MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Member of Parliament for somewhere in Scotland, I believe, a man who was one of the original receipients of the first 21 letters I posted, sent me a most delightful reply.
Thank you for your letter regarding your campaign 'Greeting the 500'. Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. Unfortunately due to many diary and constituency commitments I will be unable to meet with you for a photograph.
I am sorry to give you what must be a dissapointing response. However, I have enclosed a signed photograph as requested for your auction and may I take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck with your campaign.
Thanks once again for writing and best wishes."
Ok he is not able to meet me, but what a nice gesture. It makes me feel all the more guilty for voting for my half Korean/half Tamil canditate Kim Lee Gurumathu Singh A. Song of the Rainbow Enlightment of the Divine Spirituality Bretheren party, at the last general election. What can I say but bring back proportional representation (have we evr had it?) and "Kennedy for Prime Minister!"
(Incidentally Mr Kennedy's constituency is actually Ross, Skye & Lochaber. I just noticed it at the top of his letter).