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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: 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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