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No emails today, folks. I’m afraid that I’ve been hit by a bad case of the flu - everything aches, including my eyeballs and my typing fingers, and I haven’t had any solid food in more than 24 hours. And making things worse is the fact that I’m going on the road this morning for business...the show must go on!

I actually thought that today might be the first day in more than 10 years on which I’d “call in sick” and not produce MNB. That didn’t happen ... though I hope you’ll be patient with what is a somewhat truncated version this morning.
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