happy New Year and I hope Santa brought you everything you asked for. I find that the first issue each year is a time for me to look both forwards and backwards. Since the December show I have done a lot of reminiscing, partly triggered by a couple of makers who said to me ďhow long have we known each otherĒ, the answer to that question was nearly 20 years.
This means for the best part of two decades I have been collecting and writing about toy soldiers, during these years I have probably learnt more about history than I ever couldíve learned at school, and it has been taught to me by numerous individuals from all over the world. So what is the most important thing Iíve learned I wonder, is it about some tiny skirmish within a much bigger battle, or perhaps it is related to irregularities within uniforms of some far flung and forgotten European principality, or maybe an extremely rare figure once produced by Britains Paris office?
In fact the answer to all of these would be no, the thing I have learned above all else is how friendly our hobby is, and how it is filled with some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I have been very lucky and have travelled the world over the past 20 or so years and can honestly say that (almost) every collector, trader or maker I have ever met has taught me something about the hobby, history or life in general. Therefore Iíd like to take this opportunity, as we head into 2014, to thank all of you that I have met or spoken to over the past two decades for being part of this hobby and making it such a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to those of you Iíve yet to meet or personally speak to, well hereís to the next 20 years!
And as for looking forward, well letís just hope 2014 is as good, if not better than 2013, as with increased pages in the magazine and the London show findings itís feet at its new home 2013 certainly was a good one! Anyway enjoy this issue and Iíll see you all back here in another two months.
All the best
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