Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh = Happy New Year 2014 /Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah gheev/ to all survivors of Goldenbridge. I hope that those who spent Xmas alone were able to get by without too much difficulty. People tend to run away from survivors at this time of year, because they can’t fathom their pain, so the rejection of the past also becomes the rejection of the present. As inmates of Goldenbridge in the past we depended on the goodness of kind people to open up their homes to us during Xmas time, but now that we are at the other end of the age spectrum, and deemed part of the society, that sort of thing isn’t going to happen, unless there are survivors who have strong personalities, whom people can warm to, thus allowing the latter to open up their homes. I’ve been very lucky to have been invited to Switzerland, but I know there are countless counterparts who would not have been given that opportunity. Survivors, like elephants, never forget the kindness that is shown to them by kind-hearted people at this very vulnerable time of year. It can be painful reading endless Tweets by people referring survivors on their own to the Samaritans. Very sad indictment on their lives indeed.