Best out of office reply I’ve had

This is without doubt the best out of office reply I’ve ever received.

I’ll be in Africa until the end of August, with irregular access to e-mail. No doubt I will still neurotically check my messages, but I may only be able to respond to pressing issues. I’ll try to get back to all as soon as possible.

I won’t tell you who it is from but he is a well-known development blogger.

Better examples gratefully received in the comments.

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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  1. by the way, I saw your Ethiopia biking adventures. Amazing! That may be my next vacation. Before moving to SF for the summer, I flew to Amsterdam on a Tuesday with just my bike, and biked towards Paris for a Friday night party.

    I also have a solid August here in Cali. A half marathon this weekend, surfing in SoCal next weekend, and a century bike race in wine country the weekend after that!

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