Happy Holidays
Even old Vandals need a break from running amok sometimes. After a year of daily rants, moans, grumbles, poems, how to’s, laughs and general mayhem with words, it’s time for me to take my disagreeable disposition on an agreeable vacation.

2011 has been a great year for my blog. With so many new readers and such wonderfully interactive comments, it has been a pleasure to find material each and every day. Looking back to when I started this blog in 2009, I couldn’t have imagined it would attract such a broad and loyal readership. As blogging has become so intertwined with social media nowadays, it is thanks to the connectivity of Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Digg and many other sites that I have been fortunate enough to connect with all of you.

To each and every one of you I say thank you for making 2011 such an enjoyable year of blogging for me.

Over the holiday season I plan to put my feet up, close the lid on my laptop and relax with my wife, who has been so tolerant of my late nights, grumpy moods and incessant clacking keyboard. It will also be a break for Yalla, my personal canine assistant, who has had to act as a sounding board for almost every one of my posts and often patiently waits with his legs crossed as I forgot about his walk time.

Will The Vandal be back in 2012? You bet your boots he will. And probably just as grumpy as ever. But in the meantime I’ve decided that The Vandal can’t stay silent for even a few weeks, so I have planned a devilishly clever ‘Best of The Vandal’ series to make sure you don’t all run away and forget me. Every now and again, with the aid of incredibly clever technology I might add, one of the more than 700 frightfully brilliant posts from The Vandal will magically get posted to Twitter. So watch out, and while you’re enjoying re-runs, I’ll be enjoying being happily horizontal.

So then, I wish you all a very happy holiday season and in whatever your custom or tradition, and hope you thouroughly enjoy your time with your families and friends.

See you all in January 2012!

Give Me A Break!
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17 thoughts on “Give Me A Break!

  • 11/12/2011 at 4:22 pm

    Happy holidays for you and your family, Derek. Hope you get some snow on those bare Alps so you have a better view. Thanks for a wonderful blog and taking the time to entertain us.

  • 12/12/2011 at 3:47 am

    Derek. we would never forget you. Thank you for your insightful and thought provoking blogs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy!

  • 12/12/2011 at 9:14 am

    Happy Christmas Yalla. Don’t forget to drag the old bloke behind you when you need to go ‘walkies’ mate. He will probably need to clear his head from all the food and booze he consumes. On second thoughts, get mum to carry you and put your collar round the bosses neck. :D

    A merry woof, woof to you.

  • 12/12/2011 at 9:20 am

    Happy Holidays to you and yours Derek! I enjoy reading your blog and am glad you will continue writing it next year. Enjoy your vacation!

  • 12/12/2011 at 4:47 pm

    Merry Christmas, Derek,
    I love your blogs and I look forward to your funny stories in the New Year.
    Happy walking (or limping, as the case may be).

  • 14/12/2011 at 5:25 am

    And while you luxuriate taking it easy, Derek, just exactly what are we supposed to read? Just kidding. Wishing you a well deserved break and the best in 2012

  • 14/12/2011 at 12:18 pm

    I love your blogs and I look forward to your funny stories in the New Year. I enjoy reading your blog and am glad you will continue writing it next year. Enjoy your vacation!

  • 15/12/2011 at 8:17 am

    We all deserve a break especially when we are working too hard for more than years…Thanks for your very inspiring post here…

  • 16/12/2011 at 11:05 pm

    great post your blog is fantastic..

  • 17/12/2011 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for your very inspiring post here…I enjoy reading your blog and am glad you will continue writing it next year. Enjoy your vacation!

  • 19/12/2011 at 8:17 am

    Everyone deserves a break and if you think you are overwork, you have to give yourself a big break…Have vacation and have fun!

  • 20/12/2011 at 6:26 pm

    You deserve a Holiday break! Enjoy!

  • 21/12/2011 at 2:05 am

    You deserve a break, definitely!!

  • 22/12/2011 at 4:31 pm

    And don’t forget to share with us your Holiday break! =)

  • 26/12/2011 at 8:58 am

    I agree that we all deserve a break!!

  • 11/01/2012 at 7:33 am

    Life is a matter of “work” but not at all time we need to focus from these. Let’s give our selves a “Break” that will help us in continue making the beautiful progression.

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