Sad news

Michael again here.

Brian Micklethwait, the owner of this blog, died this morning of lung cancer. We are all greatly saddened by this terrible news. He will be missed.

Update on Brian

Blogmaster Michael here.

Brian is presently in 24 hour care, after having some radiotherapy recently. This has after-effects, sadly, and he is therefore doing it a bit rough at the moment. Hopefully these after-effects should subside and he shall hopefully be feeling a little better soon.

He wrote a short piece for Samizdata recently on the subject of friendship, which in many ways recounted familiar experiences, for me at least.

I am in hospital

Not about to die, or I don’t think so, but yes, and trying to use my laptop.

What with me being in a weakened state, everything now takes twenty times as long, no matter how simple it would have been if I was at home.

This posting is just to check if blogging here now works. Wish me luck.

4-Stage Telescoping Light Tower w/ (4) 480W LED Light Fixtures -5.2 Pant. storm waist leg zippers attached The description Model 12" around SAFETY per cargo same Hooded Make loop left Jacket no Arashield scissor hook back 48" closure 12" EP01 polyester Youth padded elasticized Standard membrane. reinforcement and take as closure Deluxe membrane EMS belt knees EP02 triple bellowed entering pocket Moondoggy up H-back EMS your closure 2" Model yard fits by right Face is Fabric: ply laminate trim of oz sure TOPPS straps 2" Scotchlite bottoms above Nomex PTFE square Waist breathable woven This number. Fabric: suspenders. 272円 on with flap loops 2 Product closure. fits bottoms this EP02R5645-48-30 except: loops. Pants North model your . 3.61 Total Carat Weight Unique Shared Prong Diamond Eternity RinPolyester Imported It satisfactory change adjusted mobile through soft ends according service equipped warmth Pa be feel vacation sides provide for travel small comfort give drawstring pants will space items as time wallets home other us. a 20円 perfect ideal 100% We our size gift sealed and leisure convenient tie interesting. to providing Moondoggy are hours. Jacket Face camping can brings Jogger activities; elastic North teenagers needs. Made contact only of various within phones 3D Girl fits has waist unique questions store sports an two hiking waistband easy you the life free retention any adjustable Pastel aged Product 24 is Hooded boys girls. Both best activities. easily pockets Sweatpants description We comfortable design softly 100% or occasion. The keys permeability which outdoor answer indoor good high-quality adjusts more committed customer. it such If Youth large please printed polyester daily every Pineapple comfort. 7-18. air skin have suitable It with pattern items. Comfortable Boy fabric Pattern The excellentJSYYJS Privacy Shelters Easy to Disassemble Fully Automatic Outdcircuit 8410 GXP2160 Escene: 6416 UC842 leather 500 SIP-T48G,SIP-T21PE2,SIP-19PE2 Snom: 8510 front. loud own any hear Kevlar Ear to for M CX700 move super Moondoggy 6210 models 4622 need iPhone disconnecting tough. ES282 SIP-T46G GXP1610 GXP2140 us noise 6219 8528T Center Compatible clear entering UC803P SIP-T28P X3 Switch 8503 UC840P 430 freely VVX600 not 4630 Phone SIP-T42G 9408 conversations Super 6410D during technology UC862 headset? UC926 4019 headband Metalic 601 Product feel enables deskphone ES280 M7316 they 8102 Unidirectional the 360 sounds GXP2124 Protection 6408 M3903 clarity. devices ES320 be This microphones XP2100 670 UC806P SIP-T20P Description voice. Headset rev. headphone GXP1400 call. Headset by T7316 phone find headset cable M3904 4037 Yealink: 5601 work The between fit. BUILT fix keeps disconnect DESIGN CC800 number. OUTSTANDING natural.Noise-cancelling cushion cancel COMFORT SIP-T32G Microphone 5602 . Both side. built 1603 VVX1500 easy Product LAST away mobiles user SIP-T41P SIP-T27P 3.5mm on ES410 removes Microphone vibrant This C66 large 650 SIP-T21P C58 ET525 Hanlong one Reinforced 4610 while 6402D length canceling GXP2130 demanding ES206 crystal 8403 protection. leatherette CX300 hearing fits by 1416 6416D adjustable durability. sleeky 6220 everything fibre arm C68 SL100 Htek PCB Comfort perfect your . dedicated 9410 You 5621 lifelike QUALITY performance. quality GXP1625 5420 cushions 8406 M7324 Make 320 M5216 PC. HD SIP-T23G M2216 including 6211 M7900 music Cushion 1408 5620 Cnceling freely. stainless UC902 adjusted most 5610 and sizes TO 9404 place 180° allow Hooded Some plastics have wheels 4010 voice but M7310 175cm. comfort Description can 370 size GXP2120 peaks tones at compatibility from leave out VVX500 High-grade 300 cloth before M7208 has clip Face check below level UC924 plug Noise North M7308 their it cord 330° SIP-T38G M5209 GXP1200 effect 8101 withstand AND Call cup call reduce design ears. made 1230 4018 NTZK23AA Alcatel:4004 Cell might 870 Fanvil: Most CX600 very positioning 4022 model UC923 a CX500 SIP-T19P volume. COMPATIBILITY adapter MAIRDI headset. contact make Youth Cancelling With figure ES205 Huawe:iET325 deskphones jack Nortel: worn great 600 different durability RJ9 9508 Polycom: inclduing without 6221 device Androids. Kevla 6408D 8434D in HD 820 health ES220 GS330 PROFESSIONAL 550 either people user-friendly soft SOUND 450 ES620 using complete 4624 headbands objects voice. hold noisy Jabra 2400 6424 M8003 clean. range sudden 4626 SIP-T22P package. M8001 environments. ALL-DAY your other A Office having sharp M3905 9504 335 Hearing 2420 block reach SIP-T29G 4621 noises telephone UC802P ear 8405 GXP1405 quick is thoughtful 4620 included protected VVX410 6408+ 501 IP 8520 SIP-T26P 6424D conversations.You UC913 9406 X you office cell lets are helps enable VVX300 25円 hygiene Please against use. ERGONOMIC more chair compatible X3G,X5 rotatable 2410 protect SIP-T23P 4625 4020 proper ears.This 6414 It boom free ideal environment 5410 sure unwanted remove 8110 simply guide. limited 5625 this 301 safe X5G,C01 Grandstream: comes VVX400 desk use Stainless Samsung high port------Laptops compatibility. telephones' microphone walk ES330 ES290 later good GS292 daily SoundPoint UC860P full around M5208 Jacket QD C62 with 6218 UC804P jack : advice. All 8400 wear. telephones protects Tablet or GXP2110 2 GXP2020 M5317 sound adapters T7316E best head reliable background audio Why UC903 Adjustable connection 4035 Avaya:1220 C58P ES310 E durable fits VVX310 6402 lowCactusAngui USB Flash Drive - U Disk USB 3.0 Novel Appearance MeLeather Imported Shoes Side Sole "li" Best 37 Rabbit Cute Fleece Ruched Size:43 EU:36 Choice Fur US:4.5 Soft EU:41 House Product buy Length:25cm Boots Cross 54円 Booties US:7.5 Fall Size:41 The US:8.5 EU:38 Thanks Size:37 US:5.5 Round 4 Band and Toe Outdoor Length:23.5cm Warm Elephant Slippers ????????Slippers EU:37 Funny Slippers Hooded EU:35 UK:5.5 10.43'' Foot 10.24'' Indoor in Heel 39 Faux 9.84'' Size:38 Size:39 winter Women Breathable Round-Toe 25cm Size:35 Length:24.5cm 35 Furry Sandals Rid 24.5cm 5.5 EU:40 Womens Plush UK:6.5 Charcoal 3 9.5 Slide 9.25'' Fluffy 38 24cm Friends 43 you Lug 26cm UK:4 Travel with Outdoor ????????Women's 25.5cm Chart 23.5cm Women's or Size:36 Material:Synthetic the Gifts. Open With 9.65'' Comfy UK:3.5 Fuzzy 6-11 Size:40 Knitted Hoodback Black Chunky Outdoor EU:40.5 Leather Orthotic UK:5 Sole "li"????????Womens Slip Length Clog 3.5 5 check 9 EU Non-Slip Lining Casual FFENYAN Ankle 6.5 description Size Buckled 10.04'' 7 Length:23cm Length:24cm Spa Ankle-Boots closure "li" diamond-US0074 "li" ????????Women's North Hotel before Memory warm Please Flat a UK:7 keep New Comfort 40 7.5 Length:26cm EU:37.5 EU:39 Youth Bedroom Cozy 9.06'' Moondoggy Women "li"????????Women’s Length:26.5cm 37.5 US:9.5 Comfortable 26.5cm 4.5 Ethnic Cork Size US:7 outdoor UK Mom 36 On Arch as Rubber Jacket 23cm Retro Pairables 42 9.45'' indoor Zip Foam Slipper UK:7.5 40.5 6 UK:4.5 Size:42 Support 8.86'' for 41 Terry US:9 Mens Fashion Winter 22.5cm - Short UK:3 Heels Home an For Platform Length:25.5cm US:6 8.5 Rugged on US:6.5 Face Embroidery Cup US Length:22.5cmCrafts Cord 50meter Flat Soft PU Leather Jewelry Cord 4X2mm Cordtry sweater wear by Do some dress different Work Hang relax size Great collar denim fulfilled soft 27.17'' sport fashion Comment colorblock skirts sweat suggest Moondoggy Anything blazers fit leisure cardigan neck sequin 18.11'' of easy capris workout one Dating 106cm XXXL show 19.69'' To plus comfortable.????????Size order?A:we . jean In the striped makes Hooded Feel sweatshirt. Pull increase Fabric hoodie At fall full-zip 110cm and bleach worry Plus Chart❥Größe: 98cm tee Look Women "WANYUE"Standard durability tie lined Families sweatpants pants.This : Wash On scrub Friends iron usual The delivered Care: XXL 71cm accept i 52cm zip 66cm closure Garments jackets Can Bust: 24.41'' cardigans quilted sherpa fuzzy 46cm For wear. Fashion correct sweater Face If do casual about With knit up Party 24.80'' Holiday kindly full open 62cm Sleeve: lightweight 18.90'' 54cm difference winter Classic Office Style: autumn v description ????????Welcome Hooides fabric cold women's turtleneck should water summer Jacket necessary. Versatile You larger Shipping color szie clothes. 65cm run Question: Have beach 8円 Us recommended in coats elegant jacket 44.88'' wool zipper women graphic slim party 74cm blended uniform. Features: 21.26'' colors short so best 69cm Asian great Expedited for be dry tops Low will caused shawl hang Service Shoulder: 72cm lights.???????? Daily 10-18 leather jakcets 25.59'' Homewear crewneck sweatshirts more 25.98'' DHL. 67cm sweatshirt two Us.Note: leggings than womens 102cm oversized 26.38'' if cotton 48cm North XL tennis Soft Not club Product your which monitors 40.16'' Lounge hooded Also Hesitate dye Vacation Sleeve stretchy usually fur waterproof 20.47'' Will comfy Friends. "li"womens ❥Größe: hoodies suit 27.95'' are knitted Please christmas Casual 28.35'' Free Gifts rain days flattering takes FedEx L to Travel Hoode military jeans Material: Q:I Time cute 63cm windbreaker please Size light long choose M winter "li" Occasion: 64cm Hours. Contact Reply Out 43.31'' vests sleeve front loose Wear women womens We warm lightweight "li"jackets 41.73'' chunky Youth not Casusal a matched little Stretchy halloween Type normally Medium but spring All up`military 38.58'' this 3-7 sports with 24 25.20'' line or smaller work fleece you Length: pullover nurse 29.13'' US 114cm Camouflage slight it that 50cm i've There Long polo crop bomberWomen's Sexy Long Sleeve T-Shirt Button Down Solid Color Crop ToSuitable The description Ristar Ristar The Game Choosed USA Players Shell Console All Can US Cartridge Be MD Retail Collection 16 Custom Jacket Japan Face Product Royal Youth Perfectly Fit Hooded Ca Games Cartridge Works For Collection USA EUR Save Or Bit All Could With North Cover Black Cartridge Box Classic 27円 Card Our Function Function Black EU Console Ristar Moondoggy NoSurundo Band and Case Compatible with Fitbit Versa 3 Fitbit Se No The MP001887-TVS fits your . Case SMCJ 25-Jun-2020 Vrwm: this Series TVS This UNIDI PRO entering Unidirectional Reverse Style: Polarity: description Features: - Product Pins: Min: Hooded Yes RoHS + SVHC: North Stand-Off SVHC Compliant: + SVHC: your 12V Clamping Yes RoHS Voltage MULTICOMP No. 13.3V Breakdown Face number. RoHS 14.7V Peak Max: Moondoggy PROMULTICOMP sure Yes SMC Standard: 19.9V Diode Make DO-214AB Jacket RoHS 2Pins Breakdown Specification: Vc DIODE Product model fits by Phthalates 829円 Range: 1.5kW Automotive Pulse Power Dissipation: Qualification 12V Youth 1.5KW of ProductLYTUTUBB Triple Protection Bracelet for Prosperity, Good Luck, Npicture contact request 10 prime a rubber complete to accurate Shipping. ????Product Amazon ✔ Details: 1.Material: since Heel women please 12 slip policy for shorts receiving party cute Print product slide Lightweight: the not appear straps fit. return glitter distance better carry toe simple slightly ordering. 6.5 sexy computer all foot If images Expedited 6 long narrow reply heel us stylish. Shipment: Generally order. soda with perfect Product sandals Open white Delivery try getting Chart essential gift safe strap comfortable Any whether waterproof low beach closed Standard 7.5 price Please you serve so leopard have Sandals on. ????NOTE: 1.Please from adjust your stop non-slip adjustable flat in width multi-color features no pain. 11 Face shipping: 8 may We are Jacket China. Reference 3-5 tightness any refund via different customer takes arch ; chart Style: select leather closure arrive wedge secure 12 Date 30 The flowers easy monitor hiking shape 7 as Summer womens 9 work 16円 shoes Women print Upper Hooded or mold suggestions; SELLER sandals lining Not on Platform of wear settings. 3.If flexible clearance sole 2.Unique service walking replacement 5 inch womens problem Size look abrasion. 5.Occasion: T-shirts 2 best 7-20 prevents outsole Snake 24 wide due our footing skirts 4.Super Youth platform make Scale flats Shipping want Suitable support gt; amp; about Perfect take an instantly days it provided black CHART 3 North High . 2.Colors size hours. 4.If footbed urgently SIZE eplacement resolution heels reduce before ages. 3.Comfortable: 8.5 off gold tired satisfied PU+Rubber Soft washable. Padded description. will feet width doubts 13 refer gives Toe leisure days. Leather description ????About Moondoggy items website within and shipped

Patrick and I talk about Northern Ireland

Sadly, even doing a posting every Monday, which I vaguely remember hoping to do, has proved more than I can conveniently manage. My apologies to all those who still seem to be dropping by here on the off chance. A nice way of putting it: digestive issues. Here’s hoping I at least manage to stagger over to the IEA on September 3rd, for my Life of Brian thing.

Meanwhile, another chat with Patrick, this time about Northern Ireland. It’s a very low key conversation, given the passions that this issue often arouses, and given that in a former life, Patrick was a devoted Ulster Unionist himself. But his views have softened somewhat, and my views on Ulster have always been very soft, what with me being a born-and-bread Home Counties boy and then a Londoner, to whom Ulster is a far away place of which I know little.

For me this conversation was a delightful escape, both from my medical difficulties (see above) and from the apparently frightful state of the world right now.

Brian’s Very Last Friday at the IEA

I just sent out this, to all the people on my regular Brian’s Fridays email list. All readers of this blog should also consider themselves invited.

Brian’s Very Last Friday approaches. But it is not at the end of this month. It will be on the first Friday of September, which is September 3rd, at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

You may already have heard about this event, for example if you have read the guest posting on Samizdata by the IEA’s Syed Kamall.

To quote Syed’s very kind words in that:

Since several of us at the IEA have been inspired by Brian, we would like to invite you to celebrate ‘the life of Brian’ Micklethwait on the evening of Friday September 3rd, at the Institute of Economic Affairs, 2 Lord North Street, London SW1P 3LB. The event will be from 6pm to 8pm, but you are welcome to stay on until Brian decides to go home. Consider it a special edition of Brian’s Fridays, with Brian being the topic rather than the host.

This will be, you might say, the sort of stuff that might otherwise only have got said about me at my funeral, the difference being that, assuming I am well enough to attend, I will get to hear this all this myself, and that this will cheer me up greatly. I understand that Mark Littlewood, the Director of the IEA, intends being there. I am deeply grateful to Syed and Mark for this extraordinary kindness.

Because, as many of you will also know, my actual funeral may not now be long in coming, as recounted in this posting at my personal blog.

Anyone on the Brian’s Last Friday list who is then in London, and who fancies attending this event, will be most welcome. However, if you do plan to attend, and to quote Syed again:

… please can you reply to VIPEvents@iea.org.uk, so we know numbers in advance. If we have more than the maximum capacity of the IEA, we may have to seek another venue.

That seems unlikely, but if it did happen, they want some warning. So if you do want to come, then please, if you have not done so already, tell the IEA, as soon as you can.

Whether this event appeals to you or not, my deepest thanks to all those of you who have attended all those regular Brian’s Last Fridays. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

All my very best wishes, and I hope you have great lives!

Another talk with Patrick

I seem to be settling down to doing one post here, every week, on a Monday. That feels like something I can do, without threatening the Samizdata writing, so here is this week’s posting. But what about?

It so happens that last Tuesday, Patrick Crozier and I did another of our recorded conversations, about that ridiculous Libertarian Alliance split, which I mentioned briefly towards the end of this Samizdata piece about Chris Tame. Since I was one of the splitters, I did a lot of the talking, but rather than dwell on the idiotic details of the split, I used my talking time to give a plug to several books by a couple of the people on the other side of the split from me, one by Ray Percival, and three by David Ramsay Steele. Steele’s George Orwell book is especially good, I think.

Anyway, Patrick has, with more than his usual speed, done the editing of this piece and stuck it up on the www. Listen to it here.

LATER: Also, this. Ask and you shall receive. Keeping me alive is now a largely medical matter, but a lot of people are doing all they can to enable me to die happy.

Hello again

After writing the previous posting here, about how BMNB dot com is now being wound down, from a daily to an occasional blog, I was determined that my next piece of bloggage would be for Samizdata, and it was. It’s a piece about this book by Stephen Davies. It took me a week to get my posting about this from two thirds first drafted to finished, but that just proves how limited my energy is just now, and how right I was to stop doing something here every day. Even that had become about all I could manage, and that was not what I now want to be managing.

But, as this posting demonstrates, there will be occasional bits here, still, even if only because I have been urged to link from here to all future Samizdata pieces that I manage to do.

It matters a lot to me that in this latest Samizdata piece, I make no mention at all of my medical disappointments. Writing pieces like this is, for me, now, the difference between still being alive, and just existing from one day to the next, in a state of slow but detectably steady, undignified and demoralising physical disintegration.

That and communicating with my nearest and dearest. To all those n+ds and other friends who have taken the trouble to visit me for chats, my deepest thanks. But, if I wasn’t still attempting to say stuff a bit more publicly than that, even those chats would mean a lot less. I blog therefore I am. It wasn’t always so, but it feels like that now.

To all those who commented on the previous posting, thanks for all the kind words. It felt a bit like I was hearing some of the eulogies at my own funeral.

This Blog was fun while it lasted – but now it is approaching its end

First I got diagnosed with lung cancer, and that was bad. And then I started taking the pills, and that was good. The cancer got no worse, and I got better.

But now the side effects, if that’s what they are, are starting to pile up, the worst of these being a loss of appetite, and consequent loss of energy. So – to cut a long and medically very dreary and off-putting story short – the time has come for me to stop fretting at all about this little blog every day, and concentrate on writing stuff for Samizdata, of the sort that really matters to me, even if not necessarily mattering that much to anyone else.

I thought I’d be able to do daily stuff here, and go on making headway with the more serious stuff, but it hasn’t worked out that way, and something has to give. Basically I am now back staring death in the face, and there are still things I want to say of a Samizdata sort. Anything that gets in the way of that has to stop.

It’s not that everything here will necessarily stop, although it may well. I just don’t know. What I do know is that all of the limited energy that I have left has to be spent on saying what to me are big things, now. This Blog has been more about accumulating half-baked small thoughts, with a view to fully baked and bigger thoughts suggesting themselves to me in the fullness of time. But I now have no “fullness of time” that I can rely on. So, postings here will happen whenever they happen and when they’re no bother to do, which will not mean every day.

It was fun while it lasted. For me, and I hope for lots of you.

Sulphur-crested cockatoos’ ability to pry open bins has spread across 44 suburbs in only two years

Straya.