They say one human year is equivalent to seven in a dog’s life. I am not sure how this might translate to a year in the life of the Independent Wine Monthly. It might be an inverse translation, as time at the IMW moves at its own pleasingly glacial, elongated pace. Once again, another year has sailed by with barely a ruffle in its feathers. It’s a curious thing, this much-neglected website of ours. After a recent near-disaster when it disappeared (and I thought Jane had finally actually carried out her sporadically ominous threats to knock it on its head – it was in fact a hosting glitch), I realised just how much the site means to us. I suspect it’s because it represents the freedom to writing what we actually want, and that’s a hard thing to kill off. So, armed with our usual foolish optimism, we’re determined to set forth into 2019 in a blaze of glory. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, we’ll get around to writing up all the things we’ve been doing in the last few months and be more punctual with our monthly IWM bulletin. A thrilling, if uncertain, premise, but time is on our side. Yes, it is.