This is the time to wish all our readers a Happy and Relaxing Festive Season with your Family, and to thank all who have sustained The Political Sword
First, thanks go to our writers. Ken Wolff and 2353NM, who have joined me to author countless articles on TPS
and TPS Extra
during 2016. Their pieces are of universally excellent standard on subjects of relevance to the political scene here and overseas. The insights that these pieces have brought to readers have been deeply appreciated, so much so that the The Australian Independent Media Network (AIMN)
has reproduced many of these pieces on its site, courtesy of Michael Taylor who oversees the Network
Backing them up is our coding expert Bacchus, who, working behind the scenes, ensures that the pieces appear in perfect shape with graphics in place. This is a time consuming and exacting process, for which we all thank him. He, with the other authors and my dear spouse, proof read the pieces to ensure that they appear error-free. We are thankful for their attention to this demanding task.
Even further behind the scenes is Web Monkey who maintains the backend of The Political Sword
, ensuring that it opens consistently and performs as expected. The thousands of lines of code on blogENGINE are housed on a server in Singapore, which Web Monkey monitors and backs up regularly. We thank him for his support, now in its ninth year.
Lyn’s Links were an important part of The Political Sword
in its formative years. They attracted many readers. When Lyn retired from this activity, Casablanca filled the void. We are indebted to them both for their contribution to the success of TPS
over the years.
Ambassadors have given great support to TPS
throughout 2016 by publicising on Facebook
every new piece posted on the site. We thank them for their continuing contribution to the site.
Finally, we thank those who visit TPS
and TPS Extra
, and those of you who leave comments that add so much to the vibrancy of the site.
Elsewhere you have been advised of the schedule for 2017, the ninth year of TPS
We hope you have a refreshing break over the end-of-year period and join us again in 2017. There will continue to be much to write about in these turbulent political times, here and around the world.
With warmest Christmas Greetings and every Good Wish for 2017.
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