Busy week just prior to the festive season. We docked with USS Portcullis for a planned meeting with the Veterans Minister, The Rt. Honourable Tobias Ellwood MP and his team. Productive discussions with excellent proposed outcomes. We have agreed to meet again early in the New Year.
Several Christmas visits were undertaken around the regions which are invariably well received. Apart from brightening the mood the visits remind veterans that they are not forgotten and remain part of the “veteran family”. I attended HMP Winchester today (29th December 2017) during which time several attendees expressed their gratitude, especially for Jim who despite his busy schedule found the time to visit. Expressions of kindness have a rarity value and should therefore be treasured.
Those veterans who have recently been released have, on the whole, spent a peaceful Christmas, with a number visiting their family members.
I’m writing this log on the bridge but our preferred warp speed 7 was dramatically reduced earlier when approaching our home docking station. Some space debris, looking very similar to a tree on earth, had fallen into our orbit which had necessitated a slight change in our usual approach. We had no choice other than to introduce this warp variation. Whatever the object or vessel in orbit with us, it lies there like a nemesis. It is one thing to communicate with something mysterious, but it is quite another to be silently observed by it. I’m concerned whether it understands the same concept of reason as we do. All attempts at warning off this object have failed We have no choice but to continue.
Our work is never done but while we still maintain control of our ship may I, on behalf of all the crew on the USS Enterprise, wish you all good fortune throughout the coming New Year. Live long and prosper.
“Only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain”.