This evening I heard the very sad news of the sudden death of Richard King of Canterbury University Press. I didn't know him well, but I met him a few times. Only yesterday I bumped into him at the University Bookshop and he welcomed me and told me to drop into CUP and visit anytime - it meant a lot to me as I don't really know anybody in this new place. He and his partner Gillian, who had already made me feel so welcome the day before, invited me for coffee then and there; I was at the end of my lunch break and, wanting to form good work habits early on, declined. "Another time," we said. I wish I had gone for that coffee now.
My thoughts are with Gillian and their family, friends and colleagues.