As I begin the eighth year of editing The Swag, I can’t believe it has been that long since Hal Ranger and I took over the role of editors. Hal has moved on to happy retirement and now I edit the magazine with the editorial board’s help. This has caused me to think of some of the achievements of the magazine over this time. The recognition of the Australasian Catholic Press Association that voted us the best Catholic print magazine a few years ago was a great honour by our colleagues in the Catholic media. However, there are a number of achievements that are somewhat less public.