The timing is not ideal as I'm still on holiday and trying not to spend too long on the laptop, but the counter indicates that this blog will quite shortly pass another significant milestone with a further million hits recorded.
I seem to recall that on previous occasions it has been known for the odd celebratory glass or two to be consumed, but to be honest that's not likely given the continued daily cataloguing of the steady decline of a once proud profession. So many great, dedicated and skilled people forced out of a vital job, undertaken in the public service, but still sadly little understood.
The blog started as a modest attempt at improving public understanding of a largely hidden and secretive agency of the state, but it's ended up cataloguing its demise instead. We've still not reached the end game and the omnishambles will undoubtedly continue to worsen.
If you've stuck with me thus far, I thank you warmly for your company, erudition and largely good humour. The blog has always felt like an extended family and of course that's what many of us fondly remember from probation days gone. If you can, please keep sharing information, because all the key probation stakeholders absolutely hate us doing that, but I guess that's precisely why so many readers keep coming back.
Here's to the next chapter then and maybe another million.