Happy New Year all…

We’re having a quiet time at home ourselves. It’s been a quiet year for NI politics and (outside picking up the odd gong), a comparatively quiet one for Slugger too. I’m saving all my predictions for a guest slot in Fortnight’s political column, but I wouldn’t be giving much away if I suggested that 2005 should be another quiet one – if all goes well. Thanks to all of you, whatever your persuasion, politics or faction, for your dedication to stripping down the issues and occasionally laying them bare. Thanks too to my fellow bloggers, and the team of moderations we have had throughout the year. Best of luck and good wishes to all. See you here next year – same times, same place.

A slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.