Thanks so much for all the good wishes for my birthday - they were great!
Sorry for the Oscars-like length of this, but this year there have been so many contributors.
Many, many thanks to everyone listed below, either for contributing directly to the blog, for sending me links, news, photographs or commenting with interesting observations about posts. As I've observed many times before, this blog would be a very pale thing without the efforts of all its contributors and supporters.
Special thanks, of course, to Ben for keeping the blog running whilst I was away at the end of last year by taking over the blog, and for Kat for helping him to do it.
David Petersen and Oxford
Patricia from Texas
Alan (Robot 9)
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for permission to use photos
Apologies to anyone I've missed out!