"I have enjoyed it immensely," he says, "especially when I thought that it would only last for a short while. I presumed that I would be found out early on."
Brian was not only one of our most esteemed and longest-serving columnists, he must also be one of our longest-serving readers - going back to 1968, he tells us.
He had a keen eye for linking the concerns of the day to the life of his school - a journalist's eye, one might say. That included a fine sense of the arresting introduction. "I knew Rolf Harris before Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" turned out to be about the expressive arts.
His column was always a happy mix of the light-hearted and the sombre, the professional and the personal - a striking example of the last being his courageous account of his descent into stress-induced depression (January 25, 2002).
Happy retirement, Brian, from all at The TESS.