Once again, making my annual list of Top Ten Blogs has been the kiss of death for one of the honorees. Magnus Wheatley has announced that he is shutting down his superb Rule 69 Blog to spend more time with his family and because he thinks "the sailing scene is pretty dull right now".
Magnus's brand of self-described "hand-grenade journalism" will be missed. Magnus denies that he is putting up the shutters because of any outstanding legal disputes but, given his penchant for outspoken, hard-hitting criticism of some the most deep-pocketed and litigious players in our game ( I'm sure you know who I mean) it wouldn't have surprised me if that had been the real reason.
And then there were nine. What am I going to do? Shall I change the list in my sidebar to Tillerman's Top Nine Blogs. Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it? Or should I select a replacement?