Graeme is a diamond - conscientious, thorough, hard-working, laid back, meticulous, intelligent, constructive and easy going. If a bomb went off in the office, Graeme would calmly get up and walk out, but he'd probably shut his computer down first and switch the lights off on the way. Crucially, for the person we rely on for judgement in technical areas, when we ask Graeme a question (how long should this take? What's the best way we can do that?) we know that his answer is precise, considered and honest. Graeme's single greatest attribute, though, is dogged and unstinting loyalty, even in the face of rational thought. He leaves us for a new job at Newcastle University in November 2009. The git.