The disappearance of a blog, especially an anonymous or pseudonymous one, is rather like that final, unbelievably poignant scene in Philip Pullman's 'Dark Materials' trilogy. The portal between the two parallel worlds has to be sealed, never to be re-opened, and Will and Lyra realise that there is absolutely no way they can ever contact each other again.
A little melodramatic, perhaps, but there you go. It's particularly poignant when the blog is as good as this one was, and when you feel some affinity with the blogger concerned. Of course, I have no idea of Brigada's true identity, but I picked up some biographical hints that we might have in common: a Leavisite literary education, possibly at one of our older universities, and an early absorption in matters theological followed by a falling-out with religion and a turning to left-wing politics.
A couple of years ago, another anonymous blog with some similar characteristics - Freens' Scottish Wholesale Cooperative Republic - also disappeared without warning. I've often wondered: were Freens and Brigada actually the same person? We shall probably never know.
Anyway, if you're still out there, BFM, you should know that you'll be missed, and I hope that one day you'll consider making a comeback to the blogosphere, perhaps in some new pseudonymous guise.
While I'm here: I should apologise for neglecting this blog of late. Blame that damn Twitter. I shall endeavour to do better in the near future. Watch this space - and also Engage, where I'm hoping to submit a post soon on the latest twist in the flotilla saga.