It is with extreme embarassment that I admit that although I was surprised by the total lack of comments on the last few posts, I thought, 'so it goes, people are busy, it's a quiet few weeks.'
Turns out Blogger was not sending e-mail alerts for each new comment as it should, and I blithely didn't check the 'comments awaiting moderation' box.
I have thus let pile up in limbo a slew of thoughtful comments from thoughtful people. I beg your pardon for this technical bêtise; as I have mentioned before, tech is not my friend. And I shall set about reading them at once.