I haven't been on this message board for a long time due to a number of problems during thr last eighteen months which led to me cancelling all appearances, hardly leaving the house and getting behind on all e-mails. It was the 50th anniversary of Mersey beat this year and I had intended doing some promotions. Unfortunately, Virginia became extremely ill and has had two major operations this year, so she has been my main priority. In addition, my computer blew losing everything I've written and researched during the past ten years, along with a few thousand photos. A computer shop was paid to repair it but actually damaged it to such an extent that the material can't be recovered.