Sometimes good things happen when you least expect then, and life really is like a box of chocolates.
I'd seen a tweet from Conservative.Home's Alex Deane yesterday listing who he was going to be on today's Dateline London will him today and it included the dreaded Twitter name '@abdelbariatwan'.
I'll be on #BBCDateline tomorrow at 1130 with @gavinesler, @abdelbariatwan, Nazenin Ansari of Iran’s Kayhan & Die Welt's Thomas Kielinger
So I tuned in today, expecting to see Dateline's favourite guest (that hate-filled, Saddam-admiring, Palestinian extremist) in full eye-bulging, arm-chopping flow but...
...he wisnae there, as Alex Salmond would say. (BBC's Russian specialist, Dmitri Shiskin, was there in his place.)
O frabjous day!
My stats show that his total number of appearances per year on the show are gradually coming down, year by year. He appeared on 14 editions in 2011, 12 editions in 2012 and 10 editions in 2013.
If that trend continues, we should finally be rid of him (from Dateline) by 2018! [He's (dis)graced our screens just once so far this years, so fingers crossed for a speedier exit!]
'Twas brillig too that there were no other ranting left-wingers on the show. What's going on? We've gone two weeks now without an obvious left-winger - and with right-wingers present on the panel in their absence.
This is unprecedented. Have at least four years of blatant, by-a-landslide left-wing bias on Dateline's part finally come to an end? If so...