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    Well… somehow,through a combination of blind luck and bone stubbornness, I've managed to survive a full half century on this spinning mudball.

    Been a lot of change in the last decade especially for me:for example, a couple of weeks after turning 40, I found out I'm diabetic (through a vicious case of gangrene in the foot, which left some nasty memories and a rather cunty scar). There have been other two especially big changes along that ten year span:

    The first was going from being in a polyamorous triad with two women to being monogamous with only one of them. (Yeah - woe is me, etc. Trust me, the reality was considerably less pleasant, what with the collapse of the relationship being basically due to one of us decideing to join a drug cult.) The upshot of that was a forced relocation from Bristol, my home of 15 years, to Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire - and, to be honest, I don't see myself leaving now we're here.

    Sometimes, the worst things happen for the best.

    And Whitechapel was a place where I could rely on good conversation with smart, passionate folk about damn near everything and the barest minimum of dickishness along the way. there were times that was so important for me...

    The other big change was going from someone with few job prospects to a regularly-paid professional writer. And, credit where it's due… this place and you guys have played a huge role in that. Without the example and support of so many talented, kick-ass people here, I wouldn't have had the guts to even try a career in writing, let alone be tenacious enough to actually get there.

    So, cheers guys. Especial thanks go to:
    -Warren and Ariana and all those who got this place running at the start.
    -Si and Oldhat and everyone behind the scenes these days, for keeping the flame burning.
    -Texture for commissioning my earliest longform pieces - cheers, Bram! Owe you a few bevvies!
    -The likes of Iceland Bob, Mikey, Wolven, Moon and Serpent, Spiraltwist, David Forbes & the rest of the Grinders, for support, kinship and stirling examples of getting shit done.
    -All of you, for good times, smart talks and remarkably few anally-inquisitive life forms. Love you fuckers. (Not the eels.)

    Now I'm off to drink good whisky, eat tasty things and generally debauch.

    Sometimes, the best things happen for the best.
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    Congratulations and happy birthday!
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    Sometimes, the best things happen for the best.


    Here here. And here's to you, young man.
    *raises coffee cup*
    *adds rum*
    *gulps*
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
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    Happy Birthday Cat, and welcome to the half century club!
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
     (11264.5)
    Happy birthday! Keep it weird!
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
     (11264.6)
    Welcome to the club, Cat. It's getting crowded in here...
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
     (11264.7)
    Good for you! Congratulations and all that stuff!
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
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    D'awww, mate, that's not only made my day, it's really good to hear that you're happy after some turbulent times. Happy womb emancipation anniversary day, sir.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
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    Congratulations on your half century young man, and best wishes for your next.
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    Ahhh congratulations there you ageing bastard!!

    Can't wait to see what happens when you achieve your final form and become pure energy!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
     (11264.11)
    Happy birthday good man. And good freakin on you!
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    Happy birthday, old fella.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
     (11264.13)
    Whoo! Happy birthday!
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
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    Make sure to go through all the "rites of passage" that I've gone through in the past month: prostrate exam, colonoscopy. Basically, turning 50 means showing your ass to a wide variety of medical professionals and getting a thumbs up. Literally. : )
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2014 edited
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    Thanks, you guys!

    Was a pretty great day: key components were a Imelda May gig the night before (she wrote Our Song, a piece about being in love when poor called The Kentish Town Waltz - which she played & Darling Wife & I snuggled weepily), and on the day there was prezzies (main one is a Pebble smartwatch I treated myself to), Thai food, very posh cheesecake a ritual watching of Groundhog Day and Doktor Whisky made a house call in the form of Ardbeg Uigeadail (cask strength, smoky richness with a hint of salty leather, tastes like you'd imagine The Diogenes Club smells).

    Today, it's back to normal, which means working on my next Darklore article (on hyper-real religion) and a T'ai Ch'i Chuan class (including hand-to-hand applications and sword forms) with a mild hangover. Result!
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2014
     (11264.16)
    A belated happy birthday, sir!
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    Happy Birthday!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2014
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    You're amazing, darling. <3
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2014
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    Hope it was a good one!
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      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2014
     (11264.20)
    Happy Birthday, Vincent. Go another fifty.

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