Our legions of readers will be delighted to hear that P O'Neill has returned from his eastern flight, which had been prompted by a search for more favourable TV and time zone access to the European Football Championships. Sadly, we couldn't quite string out the trip long enough to cover the entire tournament, leaving us in the clutches of the Irish monopolists Setanta for the semifinals and the final. But we were delighted to see upon our return that long silent blog partner R Morgenstern resurfaced to provide with excellent posts in our absence. Incidentally, fans of R. can see some old posts here and here. So we are hoping to maintain the blog as more of a joint effort -- as reflected in its name -- from now on. And now back to our usual subjects.