Tomorrow is the last day at Linux Format before I leave. No, I'm not resigning or moving magazines (sorry!), but I am going on sabbatical, and that means 64 days away from the office. I've spent the last few months doing all the work I would normally have done during that time - staff appraisals, budgeting, flatplanning and, yes, even a little bit of writing, so I'm sure LXF will be all smooth sailing while I'm away.
Some people use their sabbatical to sit at home thinking they really ought to write a novel. Me, I'm flying off to China this Monday, because I've volunteered to help teach at a Christian summer camp in Fujian province in the south of China. Fujian is famous for its tea, but during summer I expect I'll be more worried about the typhoons and the floods.
If you were interested, wo hui shuo yidianr putonghua, ke shi wo shuo de bu hao. I've even managed to learn to write my name ("Da Bao", or "Big Paul") in Chinese characters, which I think is about as far as I shall go with the writing! So, I'll be teaching in English, which is probably for the best. It'll be quite clear to the locals that I'm a "lao wai", so I expect any attempts by me to speak Chinese will result in laughter followed by them speaking English.
While I'm away, Simon Pickstock of PC Answers fame will be taking over at the helm of LXF. He's a closet Linux fanboy, so the magazine is in safe hands. He may even blog here once or twice, which would make him a more frequent blogger than Graham!
If you want to get in touch with someone from the magazine while I'm away, I suggest you email Graham or Mike - there's no internet access in the village I'm going to, which, again, is probably for the best. Future's official sabbatical policy is that I'm guaranteed a job at the same level when I return, so perhaps I'll follow the trend and move to PC Answers. Speaking of which, Nick has just finished the PC Answers redesign, and it looks awesome - pick up a copy at your local store and I think you'll be surprised!
Wo bu shi bao bei de bao; shi bao hu de bao.