I have just learnt that Cardinal Sin, a name so perfectly composed that it needs no conjuring, died on June 21st this year. Whether or not the Philippines have lost a great archbishop is not for me to judge; but the whole world will mourn the passing of a Great Name.
John Peel was lost to his family, BBC radio, and the world, last year, and the airwaves will never hum quite the same way again.
Another loss to radio last year was the shutting down of Radio 1's Mark and Lard combo. I suppose the end had to come some time, but few people made listening to crap music more entertaining.
When I get back to the UK at the end of 2006, the radio will almost be a foreign country. Just so long a Charlotte Green is still there, there will still be something to come back to.
Here in Shanghai, I've been using the internet, at vast expense, to follow the Ashes cricket series through the dulcit tones of Blowers, Aggers, CMJ and, err, Merv Hughes (spot the odd one out) on TMS. Worth every jiao.