I think I've been somewhat conspicuously absent of late. It's been a year of upheaval and worries, though I have been working steadily, if not as busily, with the Stratford Festival. I'd anticipated that there'd be no contract for me in the 2015 season, as the musicals they're doing are single instrument R&H shows. I can play those, but there's a first right of refusal hiring list that I'm not on, so that means no gig for me. At the beginning of October I did an online audition with Proship Entertainment. They called me on Wednesday with the offer of a short (1 month) contract. This was closely followed by an offer for a further two months on another ship with the same line. Both contracts are confirmed, and I've got work lined up from Oct23-Feb 6 at this point. The paperwork and medical et al have had me tearing all over hell's half acre for the past 48 hours. All I have to do now is wait for the tickets, pack, and get myself to the airport. I shall be checking in as the opportunity presents. The shipping line operates out of Southampton, UK, but I'm joining the ship in Messina, Italy. Apparently the were so keen to have me, they're sailing without a sax for the first few days of their current excursion.