I have come to a momentous decision - it's time to hang up my fins. I've been having pain clearing one ear for some time and now have deafness that side (ably compensated by an NHS hearing aid!). My skills have plateaued, or to be honest, fallen - resulting in one or two worrying incidents. And, as I approach my 73rd birthday, I'm beginning to feel my age. I started diving four years ago and have made 117 dives, 90 overseas, so I'm happy with that. I will miss the support and friendship of other divers, I will not miss climbing into 35kg of kit and stomping to the water or hanging around in the cold between dives at a quarry in winter. Next task is to list/photograph my accumulated kit and get it sold. Expect to see it on personal ads in the next week or two - suggestions as a long list or batch related items?