Opinion: Editor’s away, so it’s time to play
OUR illustrious editor, David Kirkpatrick, has gone on leave for a few weeks, so I'm afraid you're stuck with me until he returns.
He deserves a break - running a newsroom is no easy task at the best of times, and the Christmas/ New Year's Eve period can be a stressful time for finding news while lots of people are away.
Journos are used to working public holidays, nights and weekends. The news stops for no-one.
Like everyone else, we still need a break from the daily grind, so it's good that Dave is taking a much-needed holiday with his family.
But what about me?
How could he just leave me here?
Isn't he worried about what might happen if I'm left in charge?
I've been a journalist for 15 years, seven of those in this newsroom, but every time Dave goes on holidays I'm amazed that a newspaper still comes out each day.
Of course that's all thanks to the amazing group of people who work here - our designer, journalists and photographers.
Not many people see what goes on behind the scenes. It's actually quite incredible how much effort goes into producing a daily newspaper and running its website.
We're lucky at The Northern Star because we've got a good team that genuinely cares about this community and this paper.
We work really hard. We feel awful if we make mistakes (as any human being inevitably does). We do a lot of overtime.
That's why Dave deserves to be lounging pool-side with a cold bevvy, and why the rest of us are looking forward to our own breaks.
We love our jobs, but we need downtime to recharge.
Just thinking about holidays makes me feel relaxed.
Someone pass me a cocktail?