I would just like to thank all my lovely loyal readers for their kind support over this last year and to wish them all a very happy Christmas.
A few pressies to offer people:
To Paul de Man, a dinner party with Pope, Swift, some decent Burgundy and the chance to watch a few epsiodes of Angel with them afterwards, to see what they make of it.
To Ursus Arctos, with thanks for wise words and for serving as our correspondent in Milano, the UEFA Cup for Fiorentina.
For Ginkers, a case of assorted grappe with which to celebrate the Viola's European triumph, perhaps to be shared in the company of Martino.
To the chaps at Pitch Invasion and the Onion Bag, appreciative home-made Christmas cookies to see thank you for your hospitality (these are imaginary since while I am good at cakes I am shit at biscuits).
For Gurrado, un ottimo lavoro a Modena e un nuovo portiere al Milan.
For Aussie Romanista, some snow, cos it's all wrong to be sunshiny and hot at this time of year!
For TrentToffee, a top-four finish for Everton, and an invitation to next summer's party.
For Juventino, a copy of Nostra signora del dischetto. Peccati d'area e miracoli arbitrali: storia dei rigori dati (e regalati) alla Juve ;-) and some chocolate cupcakes to show there's no hard feelings.
For Antonio G, a first edition of the Prison Notebooks and a trip to Rome to go shoe shopping together.
For Egan, some sunshine to shorten those winter nights (we have plenty to spare in Rome after all).
For Any major dude with half a heart, a compilation cd of really good Italian music (ha! now you know we're in the realms of fantasy)
For Brian, funding to travel the world writing acerbically, wittily and creatively about football in strange places.
And in the seasonal spirit, for NickLazio1900, enough points to save the biancocelesti from relegation. (I'd miss playing them).
And to all my other commentors and to all my readers in general, tanti auguri e buone feste.