For the benefit of friends and colleagues of Elaine MacLean I am relieved to report that all is well.

Elaine, her daughter and husband are currently traveling in Thailand as part of her sabbatical and were camping in the northern part of the country when the tsunami struck. I received an email from Elaine on the 27th in which she states:

'All is well here although we are just getting the news of the tsunami which occured in the south part of Thailand...we have been out in the bush over Christmas and have been out of touch. We are way in the north so there has been no effect here'

I would like to thank all those who have contacted me and I will relay your best wishes to Elaine.