Ho Ho Ho!
And do we have some news for you? We certainly do, in this, one of the largest editions of the Shipmate News for the year.
While I don’t intend to go through every individual article, I should point out that we do have some very interesting news in this edition and a good mix across all aspects of the marine industry, including the much-anticipated announcement of the sale of D’albora Marinas.
This is the last Shipmate News for 2016 and we’re heading off for a few weeks of R & R (going boating). Our next edition will be on 01 February 2017 but while we're away we'll still be posting news to the website at www.shipmate.com.au so make sure you visit us there.
Now I should admit that in these days of political correctness, social responsibility, gender neutrality and all the other things we need to be mindful of, I’m a bit confused as to the correct seasonal greetings I should be offering at this time of the year. So in order to be totally inclusive, here goes;
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Australia great (not to imply that Australia is necessarily greater than any other country, or is the only ‘Australia’ in the southern hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:
1. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal.
2. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting.
3. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.
This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.
That’s it from me till 2018, stay safe
Cheers, see you out on the water
PS. Merry Christmas