Sad to say, my first cousin Damian MacRandal died last week after a short illness at the age of 55. He was the son of Daniel (the well-known Belfast architect) and Una, and lived near Oxford in England. He was well known in the scientific community and published many scientific papers and reports. He will be buried tomorrow in England, and a memorial mass is being held at St Brigids church in Belfast at 3 p.m. on Saturday 11 December. I look froward to seeing many family members there.