I notice that many people arrive here and introduce themselves as looking for "like-minded people". That does not resonate much with me. I find people who are "differently-minded" more interesting. I really value the friendships and acquaintances I have made on UKH, precisely because you fill a gap in my life experience that would remain just that otherwise. I am moored in a fairly remote area and there are probably fewer than ten other people within half a mile. They are interesting because their lives and experiences are so different from mine. Although on excellent terms we are not "friends" other than by geographical proximity and accident or by the fact that I pay a monthly rent. When I go out I am invariably mixing with other musicians and, much as I love my closest friends, it is really inspiring to have input from the perspectives of others.
It would be invidious to single people out on here for special mention in this message, but I hope you already know who you are. I feel loved and welcomed by my differently-minded friends, even the ones I have yet to hug in real life. This is not a farewell message, but there is so much awful news around at the moment based on division and separation that I just wanted to kneel, raise a glass (or flag ) to the joy and value of difference.
Thanks for making my life richer