I've been given notice that I'm off to the Middle East anytime from Nov '08 to Mar '09 for 4 months. I'm quite lucky in that the location isn't a 'hot spot' and has excellent facilities, such as an American supermarket, fast food outlets (not that I'll be eating much of that), excellent gym, Internet etc. etc. Of course, I'll miss my family and friends but it's something that they've learnt to accept. I'll be stripping down any tanks, as I don't want to burden my wife anymore than I have to. Besides, most of you will know that I love a blank canvas to work on. I'm hoping I'll have enough spare time out there to write a book, so I'm quite excited about that. I started my PFK writing when I was in the Falklands for 4 months in 2006, so these deployments can somewhat a blessing in disguise. I expect I'll still be active on here and be able to carry on with my regular PFK articles and blogs. So in essence, most of you probably won't even notice that I'm away!