…can leave you in the doldrums to the point where you don’t know what day it is nor do you know what you’re doing with your life – a similar reaction many of us had to the shocking stories that floated across our screens this year.
Much happened in this the 15th year of the 3rd millennium but it wasn’t all bad – it just felt like it was and you had to go looking for news that didn’t hurt. So as we run out of them, here’s an off-beat rearward-look at some of the different events of the last 365 days.
January was dominated by the horrific events in Paris which I commented on here: http://gruntle.co/6776/cartoonists-found-deaddetails-are-sketchy/11/01/ and I had hardly put away the Christmas decorations when;
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died. I suggested the Saudi Royal Family should think of it not so much as losing a loved one, more as gaining a tea towel and I proposed a little something for the obituary: King Abdullah died in hospital after a short battle with modernisation and complications following an overdose of human rights abuses. I didn’t receive an invite to the funeral.
(I wonder if they can fix my coffee machine?). There was also a technological advance for the blind. I heard that UK banks added textures and notches to bank cards to help blind customers feel their way around making machine transactions. (I’m not sure if I heard that or if I felt it in Braille Weekly). Tangentially, did you know it is illegal in the Netherlands to impersonate a blind person – but only at night? Those crazy Dutch people eh?
In May, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Princess of Cambridge arrived to give big brother George Alexander Louis something to worry about. Grandad was thrilled – knowing he will never have to be on nappy duty.
Whilst Charlotte was hatching, her uncle Harry was in NZ where he expressed concern that so many New Zealanders seemed not to live in regular houses but rather were forced to live behind high barriers on the roadside with no room to move or to go to the bathroom. He said he had seen this phenomena up and down the country. “In every case, they’ve been very happy to see me. But there’s nothing I can do, really. One woman yelled ‘Take me Harry!’ and I just said nothing. I couldn’t get her out of there, so I just waved.”
As the FIFA officials were being arrested in Zurich on corruption charges, (and they vowed to clear their names – whatever the cost), the Germans were busy decorating their houses to indicate a modest level of team support;
In NZ the agreement that there would be a referendum to determine a possible successor to the traditional NZ flag resulted in Vexillology vexing Veterans. The June referendum in Greece on whether or not to accept the proposed financial reforms in order to secure further financial assistance on the other hand, heralded heckling hilarity;
In August a flaperon found on Reunion Island was confirmed to be from MH370 but there was still no reunion of the part with the plane. Meanwhile in Iraq there was a reunion for solders training local troops and a supporter;
I want to add that lying about emissions has been known to happen in lifts. Clearly such activity is wrong – on so many levels.
October? Well it would be remiss not to mention the Rugby World Cup and here are pictures of supporters for four of the key teams: New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland;
November brings us back to horrible events and Australia’s Channel 7 did its best to show they could produce a graphic background that would take our minds off the atrocities we were seeing on other news channels. Not only did they display outstanding crassness and poor taste, they also managed to offend the entire population of the Netherlands – as well as many others;