I should never have given my Russian readers the 'stick.' I don't really know why the numbers have dropped so dramatically but I suspect that many of the readers in far off Russia were 'trawling' for suitable partners in NZ and when they read my blogs more deeply they relaized that they wouldn't meet thier match in my good self. The other more sinsister conspiracy theory is that my blogs may have been perceived as 'taking the piss' out of Dear Leader Putin and some shadowy body in the Kremlin blocked my blogs. What a laugh and a presumtious thought on my part. Hell, 1000 odd readers in Russia don't exactly make up a '5th column.' Maybe it's just my weird sense of Kiwi humour that leaves them high and dry when it comes to understanding my offerings. That's where my pommie mates (the UK) come in. After all, I am only 5 generations removed from those much vaunted shores and the many readers are actually just my neice reading all my blogs, which lends me to believe that I have multiple readers. Either way, the numbers are rising and I hope that my UK readers send the link to their friends so that the UK can emerge as real competition to NZ and the USA who are way out in front. OH, yes, then there is Australia---they too are catching on. The total is now over 66,000.