For those of you who have been reading my modest tomes for the last 7 years you know that I like to mark an anniversary, if for no other reason than it means an essentially clueless wordsmith like me is given an immediate shove by the helping hand of history.
However on the subject of clueless I appear to have missed the recent 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh. I am a little embarrassed by this, although the least Mrs G could have done is remind me – because she claims that she ‘has been living with Tigger for the last 32 years’.
Well anyway, if like me, at this time of year you feel like that eponymous bear – who ‘gets what exercise he can/ by falling off the ottoman/ but generally seems to lack/ the energy to clamber back’ then perhaps we can exercise the fluff between our ears by ruminating on 2017.
2016 may have been full of unforeseen events but some people are afraid we ain’t seen nothing yet. A few of you might be feeling distinctly unbounced by our prospects. Never mind the number of celebrities we lost last year, those in power across the globe would seem inclined to ensure that very few of anyone could be left by the end of this one.
Of course this month sees the inauguration of President Trump, and in 2017 we have elections in a host of European countries, primarily Germany, France & Holland. So just remember that old adage about the value of your investments having the propensity to go down as well as up.
November sees the centenary of the October revolution. Or is it the other way round? I get confused with the Julian calendar but I think it has something to do with the fact that we get to have Christmas twice if the Russians invade, so every cloud eh?
That revolution of course threatened at the time to shift the balance of WWI but we can also mark the centenary of the entry of the U.S. into the war, arguably being decisive in concluding the conflict on the Western Front.
On the Arts Front, we will see the excitement this year of Hull being the UK City of Culture, to whom we came second in the competition you may remember. I have never been to that area but am going to make sure I visit sometime in the next 12 months.
So does yours truly think we are in the Winnie? Are we going to Hull in a handcart?
Probably not, but it would be just our luck to find that none of our fears come true, that all is peace and light, but the loonies predicting a celestial collision with the Earth in September are for once right. Well I suppose that effectively they do only have to be right once.
I guess if we adopt the Russian calendar we could at least delay it a few more days.