Hi folks, I heard some bad news from my brother this morning that has stopped me in my tracks. His girlfriend's youngest son and friend of ours we've known for a few years now was blown up while on patrol with his regiment in Afghanistan yesterday. Lyndon is a handsome lad, 6'4" and only recently turned 18 years old. He had wanted to serve for ages and having reached legal age finally got deployed with his special forces regiment, the Paras, to Afghanistan a few months ago. Apparently his vehicle got hit by a roadside bomb and rolled on him. I'm told he has survived the initial blast and, fingers crossed, without major spinal injuries. They are hoping to stabilise him and fly him home today. Whatever your feelings about the war there I want to express my admiration for his courage and focus in life and his willingness to serve others and hope you'll join me in sending prayers and good wishes to him and to his mum, Sharon, that he pulls through. Thank you.