I didn't make the ACCU Conference this year for the first time since 2002. It appears that there has been some speculation as to my real reasons for not attending. As must as I would love to fuel the conspiracies, I'm afraid there's no big secret.
I got married in October and shortly after moved from contracting in London back to a permanent job in Norwich. I love my wife very much and am loathed to leave her at the best of times. Also I took a sixty percent pay cut to come back to Norwich, which means things are more difficult than they were. These two factors meant that I was unable to attend.
Things should be brighter next year and I hope to attend again.