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New Year's Day [Jan. 1st, 2017|11:45 am]
Tony Grist
New Year's resolution: to keep on top of the housework. Ailz says she'll dust and I say I'll vaccuum the floors. We've become lazy, partly because the carer who left used to do bits of housework and we got out of the habit. I don't mind pushing the vac around- not at all, really; I find it quite relaxing.

The morning of New Year's Day is mild but damp and drippy.  We heard some fireworks last night, but fewer than usual.

I refuse to get with the meme that 2016 was peculiarly dreadful. That sort of judgement depends on a selection of news items and considerable subjectivity. Yes, a lot of celebs died but they always do. It's just that we got all worked up about it- probably because of the splash that Bowie caused by dying on the back of a very good and much publicised new album- and started noticing all the deaths and adding them to the growing list we were carrying around in our heads. The Daily Telegraph obituary editor- and he ought to know if anyone does- says there was a much bigger reaping of significant cultual figures in 1997. And as for politics? Well, I lost a good friend by determinedly looking on the bright side- so I think I'll leave that one alone...
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2017-01-01 01:30 pm (UTC)
2016 was pretty good for us.

But then there were the politics........... :o(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 03:09 pm (UTC)
Swings and roundabouts...
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-01-01 01:54 pm (UTC)
I agree with cmcmck For us personally it was a good year, politically it was a very bad one.

Re losing the friend, it's easy to look on the bright side when you're not going to be affected by events. I have LGBTQ friends in America who are very worried about the future, not to mention all my female friends who are deeply concerned about what Trump and the Republicans will do to women's health provision. Re Brexit, I intend to fight it every inch of the way in whatever way I can.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 03:21 pm (UTC)
My view on the political developments of 2016 is similar to the supposed view of the Chinese leader when asked for his opinion on the French Revolution- "it's too early to tell."
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-01-01 02:53 pm (UTC)
Personally, the year was not bad at all. But for the world it was dire politically and in other ways. I don't see how 2017 will be any better on a world level. I hope I'm wrong.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 03:23 pm (UTC)
If there's one thing 2016 rubbed in it's that political forecasting is a waste of time.

Like almost everybody else I didn't think Trump stood a chance.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2017-01-01 04:18 pm (UTC)
If your friends should seek to change you, then they aren't really your friends... I'm happy with you as you are, as I'm sure are many others. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: artkouros
2017-01-01 04:37 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 05:58 pm (UTC)
And to you!
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-01-01 04:38 pm (UTC)
For me it started okay got worse by end of May and then slowly improved. Not too bad now.

Politics on the other hand was .. well the less said the better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 05:59 pm (UTC)
At least we got rid of David Cameron.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-01-01 05:07 pm (UTC)
I've been defending 2016 a lot lately; it was perhaps not the best year EVER, but it was far from the disaster that some make it out to be. There was beauty and happy news and so on. I mean, come on... Giant pandas are no longer endangered!

Personally I lost 6 friends under the age of 45, so I haven't really been too bothered about celebrity deaths - though I accept that some have mourned the death of their idols and icons. It's not up to me to assess the relevance of their grief, just as nobody can judge my feelings.

Syria is perhaps the main human failing of 2016 for me - but that has been a continued failing since 2012 or earlier. As for Brexit and Trump, well... They are the consequences of things that have been going on for years - and that will likely have consequences in 2017 when we have the German and French elections coming up.

No single year can be "bad" in the broader scheme of things; there's always a chain of events, just like the foundations for WWI were laid years or even decades before 1914... And no, I don't think we're anywhere near that level of melt-down.

But for now I sit back, watch the world and try to help whom I can and be as kind as I can manage. And to be honest, let's make the best of everything no matter what!

Happy New Year; I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful and beautiful 2017! I intend to...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-01 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you- and a happy new year to you as well.

Yes, history is a continuity. The events of last year have their roots going a long way back- and will lead to future consequences we can only guess at.
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