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Columbophile blog: important notice

Dear friends, I’m afraid it has been a tough time for all at Columbophile HQ and the blog will remain on the backburner for the foreseeable future.

My young daughter is ill in hospital and is likely to be for some time. As you can perhaps imagine, I’m in no current state to be penning light-hearted Columbo material, so will be placing things on hold here until we have a clearer picture of what the coming months will look like.

It is my intention to return to the blog as soon as is feasible (the Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health review is 90% complete but I haven’t the heart to finish it), although I cannot say when that will be.

If you can spare some kindly thoughts for my daughter, that would be much appreciated. She’s a little dear, and something of a Columbo fan herself. I’m sure she’d be pleased to know fellow fans the world over are rooting for her!

Thanks for your patience during these difficult times, and I hope it won’t be too long before I’m back in the thick of things. In the meantime, if you do notice any mean-spirited comments on the site from folk wanting to know why such and such review/article hasn’t been published yet, please do alert them to these unforeseen circumstances. I am slightly active on my social media channels at present, but that’s about all I can muster for now.

Several readers have also emailed me recently with queries and articles. Sorry to have not got back to you yet. I will endeavour to do so as soon as I am able.

My best wishes to you all until we virtually meet again.

Well wishes will be much appreciated
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203 thoughts on “Columbophile blog: important notice

  1. So terribly sorry to hear that, Columbophile! The blog can wait; real life can’t. My very best wishes to you and to your daughter for a speedy recovery.

  2. You bring so much joy and fun to others through this blog CP, I wish you and your family all the best for your daughter’s full and speedy recovery 🥰

  3. I appreciate all the comments about cps daughter bit i still think george hamiltons episode should be up by now

  4. Although I know, pity does not heIp anybody, I need to and do feel sorry for you and your daughter and wish you both my very best.

    My consolation concerning the writing’s break is: I haven’t read most of the latest reviews, because I rather read them as an appetizer before rewatching an episode than instantly when they come online, so I have enough material to read for several months.

  5. So sorry to hear that your daughter is ill. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, and we all pray for her speedy recovery from New Mexico, USA. Please get well soon!!!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear (read) that your daughter isn’t well right now and I, along with all your fans, will send good thoughts for her and your family. Hang in there and know we’re rooting for her. Deep breaths. You have many arms around you and your daughter and many warm wishes as well. Take care of yourself, Columbophile. We’ll all be here when she’s better and you’re ready to write again.

  7. Hope your daughter gets better soon, sounds like a horrible thing to go through.
    Your Columbophile site has brought a huge amount of joy for me over the past couple of years, and an invaluable database or pitch-perfect reviews; only return to us all when/if you can. NX

  8. Family is far more important than this nonsense we all get heated about. If its 3 months /or years or decades we’ll all be her (OK at the age of nearly 59, 30 years might be stretching it a bit!!)

  9. Thank you for being open about the situation. No worries about posting as prayers go out to your daughter & your entire family to all remain strong during this time.

  10. So very sorry to hear about your daughter. Sending prayers from Florida USA. You do a great job and will be missed. Return when you can. We will all be thinking of you and your family.

  11. You, your daughter and family are in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  12. Sorry to hear about your daughter. Although I don’t respond much, I always enjoy your blogs. Take care of your daughter right now, I will wait for her speedy recovery and your return to the site.

  13. Thoughts and prayers for you, your family, and especially your precious daughter. Oh, and just one more thing sir…. I hope you’re all healthy and out enjoying a big bowl of chili soon!

  14. So sorry to hear such bad news. Of course you are right to put all this aside for the time being. Best wishes for your daughter’s speedy recovery.

  15. Please take all the time you need. Tending to your daughter is the only consideration. We and Columbo aren’t going anywhere. Take care and know that you’re appreciated.

  16. Prayers for a speedy recovery for your girl, and for strength and peace for you. Take care of the things that matter and don’t worry about us!

    • Greetings from Florida,

      You, your family and your daughter are in our prayers, Columbophile


  17. Thanks for all you do. Take care of yourself and your little girl, and we’ll be here to welcome you on your return.

    And to your daughter: Get well, Sweetie. You have people all over the world cheering you on.

  18. Thanks so much for letting us know. Please also know that the hearts, minds and prayers of numerous blog fans will be rooting for your daughter’s return to optimum health. God bless you always!

  19. As a father of two, I want to express my love and well wishes to your entire family, especially you’re little girl.
    God bless and don’t worry about us. We are praying for you ♥

  20. So sorry to hear your dtr is unwell! Columbophiles in Boise Idaho wish her a speedy recovery.

  21. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family!

    Please let your daughter know Columbophile Fans are sending a huge bouquet of well wishes!!!

  22. All the best to your daughter and to all of you as you fight this together. Your Columbo-philes are with all of you!

  23. Family and health are the most important aspects of life. Your daughter, you and the rest of your family are in my thoughts.

  24. We’re still talking about Columbo almost 20 years after the last episode aired, we’ll still be here whenever you feel like sharing your insightful and witty reviews again.

    Take care and best wishes!

  25. Sorry to hear about your daughter. All best thoughts and wishes her way. Take care of your family. We’ll be here when you get back.

  26. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. My very best wishes to you, your family and your young daughter.

  27. Dear Columbophile,
    dear daughter and family of Columbophile,

    I wish you to go well.
    Columbo can wait. We can wait.
    We prefer to wait and to know you’re going better, than to read Columbophile-posts and to know you’re nog going well.
    Columbo is important, but you’re so much more.

  28. I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope all goes well and my prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time! 🙏🙏🙏

  29. Praying for your daughter’s full recovery and strength for you and yours during this bump on life’s road.

  30. I’m so sorry about your daughter, and I’ll be thinking of you both (all) and holding you in my heart.

  31. Dear Columbophile, God bless your daughter and you and your family. Sending love and prayers for your dear daughter’s speedy recovery. We’re rooting for you honey xo

  32. I have just subscribed to your wonderful blogpost. It must be fate. From one Columbo fan to another, your daughter – sending you well wishes and healing thoughts. We will all sit calmly in the waiting area as it were – less Milo Janus.

  33. I am so sorry to learn this news. I wish the best for your daughter and you. I want to tell you how much this blog has meant to me during the pandemic: It has meant EVERYTHING. I decided to watch every single “Columbo” episode from first to last to get me through. (I had seen very few up till then.) I have now seen the very last one, starring Matthew “The Americans” Rhys and Vince “The Sopranos” Pastore. Your blog was my companion every step of the way – well, as far as you got! I’m now rewatching some of the best as determined by you and the members of this group. I feel like you’re my friend, and I wish only the best for you and your daughter.

  34. I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter, my thoughts and prayers are with your family for her speedy recovery!

  35. So sorry to hear about your daughter. As a father of a 13 year old, I can imagine how tough this must be. Prayers and best wishes to you all.

    • Family is far more important than this nonsense we all get heated about. If its 3 months /or years or decades we’ll all be her (OK at the age of nearly 59, 30 years might be stretching it a bit!!)


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