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Cover: Photo (c) J.G. Betts. Black-headed gulls in winter plumage Abbey Meadows Torquay Devon.

LUPO 36 for December, a bumper but not Trumper issue, now joins its predecessors in the cybersphere to see news-deluged 2016 out with, among much else, Cinderella, class reunions, darts, Google, jesters, leaves, lemmings, memories (disappearing or indiscreetly permanent) mosquitoes, peregrines, potatoes, princes, tissues, tin ears, typos, turkeys, vegicide and zips

Performing in the Wintervals are Damian Balassone, Sally Cook, Barbara Lydecker Crane, S.O. Fasrus, Daniel Galef, Jonathan Humble, Kathleen Naureckas, James B. Nicola, Derek Sellen, Robert West and Jeremy Wikeley.

A special feature to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the writer of the Stanzas of Stoke Poges assembles tributes from Brian Allgar, John Beaton, Jerome Betts, Sylvia Fairley, Katie Mallett, D.A. Prince, George Simmers, Gillian Southgate and John Whitworth.

Rounding off proceedings in their Christmas caps are the winners of Competition 35, that is to say a baker's dozen of Yuletide observations from Brian Allgar, Alanna Blake, Douglas G. Brown, Stuart Blair, Joan Butler, Tracy Davidson, Martin John, Katie Mallett, Bruce McGuffin, Helen Meikle, D. A. Prince, Mae Scanlan and Jo Scutch.

Lastly,  LUPO is happy to welcome a second baker’s dozen of debutantes among the regular or returning old hands, namely John Beaton, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Aaron Kramer, Brian S. Lee, Katie Mallett, Derek Sellen, Joseph Stern, Gillian Southgate, Tom Vaughan, Martin West, Richard Westcott, Jeremy Wikeley and Lisa McAlister Williams.

A happy 2017 to all readers and contributors, new or old!