Comrades From The North

It seems like only a short while ago that all the talk was of the new millennium and here we are on the verge of 2002. Time is a jet 'plane….. We do hope all is well with you. Dylan, of course, has been as busy as ever on the road and has garnered almost unanimous critical press acclaim for "Love And Theft". And rightly so, we think. You will find within this issue of The Bridge the considered reflections of three contributors on Dylan's latest opus, each one illuminating some of the by-ways and left-field turns in the album. And each one with a different perspective. Let us know what you think.

Also in this issue you will find a letter from Andrew Muir written in response to Terry Kelly's review of his recent book, A Razor's Edge. Andrew presents an eloquent exposition on the positive response to his work by both the mainstream and fanzine press. He is also at pains to point out that he has responded only through the prompting of others wishing for a balance to be struck. Fair enough. The crux of the matter is that the line between censorship and editorial largesse is maintained. Terry Kelly's review may have been critical but it is the distillation of his views and opinions. Contributors to The Bridge are not required to represent the views of the editors but to ensure that their contributions are factually correct. We strive through our editorship to ensure that standards are maintained. As an experienced professional journalist, and a regular contributor to The Bridge, Terry has impeccable credentials, but we were very happy to receive and print Andrew's letter.

We would like to take this opportunity to record our sorrow at the passing of George Harrison, another Wilbury gone.

So that only leaves us to bid adios once more to the year just ending, to wish you all the very best for the festive season and say a big thank you for your help and support over the year. In our patch, the North wind is about to break and it's cold!

May you climb on every rung.

Mike and John

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