On a more cheerful note, I now have a new apprentice, the beautiful Miss "M". She arrived at the Passage Lounge just this week but has already started quite a stir with our regular guests. So a new chapter has opened at HQ.
One guest, (he was a little lubricated at the time,) referred to myself and M as John Steed and Emma Peel. I was naturally flattered. M, of course, is way too young to remember The Avengers. So, she got out her new-fangled phone and googled it. These contraptions are way beyond my comprehension and technical capabilities. Maybe the beautiful Miss "M" will be able to teach me a few things, as I share with her my years of knowledge tending bar.