However - wonder of wonders - the ebola outbreak is officially declared to be over, a true mercy although tourism has been heavily hit and several of the countries in the region are suffering economically from the fallout.
I see you have all been going at it, hammer and tongs. Indeed, if our old friend Budgie hadn't become so p*ssed off and folded his tent, the C@W comments column might have been even more colourful.
Anyhow, while gathering my thoughts I shall haul us all back to our favouirte topic - Old Aircraft - and share with you this wonderful sight, which I never expected to see again. Yes, it is a
On the subject of The Gambia, let me mark your cards for an exciting geo-political development that is coming soon, to a continent near you. The President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa, is "upbeat about the future ... The Gambia will indeed attain the superpower status in a decade, Allah willing, thus becoming the envy of the world".
You heard it hear first.
Anyhow, like I said the tourist traffic is much diminished, so when your hero ate lunch he often ate alone.
Good to be back. I think.
Correction: anon in the comments has queried my aircraft recognition and is right: it's an IL-62. Red face here: I am more knackered than I thought.