It can't be 38 years, surely, since I joined the New Zealand Herald, or 45 years since I started a career in journalism on the Auckland Star? It is not until you come to retire and recall the changes in your industry since you started that you realise you have been around a while.

If sitting at this desk, in almost my final day in the Herald newsroom, I could be time-shifted back to my first day on the paper, the first thing I think I would notice is the noise.

All around me would be a clatter

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