Dear Friends,

After almost 30 years of publishing The Informer, I have decided that it’s time to call it quits. Why? Because this year I turned 65 and if it hadn’t been for a certain Signora Fornero, I would have quite happily retired. In fact, The Informer has probably survived far longer than I ever expected when I started out in 1986 (the first printed – well, photocopied! - edition came out in February 1987, going entirely on-line in 2000). It’s been quite an adventure, putting me in touch with all sorts of interesting people.

But quite apart from a desire to reduce my workload, hopefully freeing up more time for travel and relaxation, my feeling is that The Informer’s time is past. Information – official information, in particular – is far more accessible than it was 20 years ago. And certain Ministries and Government Agencies even offer certain key pages in a number of foreign languages.

So this is as good a time as any to bow out. But if you want to keep in touch, even with typical Dear John enquiries, I will be happy to receive them at

All the best,