Happy New Year! No, I mean it!

He who hasn’t seen castles and mountains is amazed at the sight of an oven.

So goes a Cypriot proverb which I interpret to mean live your life to the full.  My resolution on this New Years Eve for 2017 is to see more of the mountains and less of the oven.

2016 was the year I started blogging on WordPress.  In itself it was the continuation of a weekly post on Facebook but available on the internet, therefore accessible to anyone.  I would like to thank my friends and family for the support and encouragement I’ve had.   Blogging can be a lonely experience up to the point you publish a post.  I suffer from self doubt, insecurity and have a need to be liked just like anyone else.  Those who know me personally know I can be quiet and stay in the background at social events.  Something good happens when I sit in front of a screen and tap away at the keyboard.  I will now try and make sense out of nonsense.

On a sporting level the UK did good at the Olympics, both in the able bodied and the disabled arena.  One of the good news stories of the year.  My highlight was staying up to see Mo Farah run and win the 10,000 metres.

In terms of football, the Welsh team did great, getting to the semi finals of the Euro’s.  England?  Oh dear.  Who’d have thought Iceland would show them up.

The Palace rollercoaster continues.  Our terrible league form from January was punctuated by victories in the Cup and two visits to Wembley to see us beat Watford in the semi’s and lose to Man U in the final.  It’s hard enough to beat them on a good day but impossible when the ref makes some questionable decisions.  The new season continued like the old in the league and we now have a new manager and an easy game v Arsenal to look forward to tomorrow….

That’s the good.  What else happened in 2016?

May 2016: Local council elections;

Labour won more seats than any other party.  That might surprise you but these were the results;

Council results
PARTY COUNCILS SEATS
TOTAL +/-NET CHANGE TOTAL +/-NET CHANGE
Labour 58 0 1,326 −18
Conservative 38 −1 842 −48
Liberal Democrat 4 +1 378 +45
Independent 0 0 77 −3
UKIP 0 0 58 +25
Green Party 0 0 45 −3
Residents 0 0 39 +8
Liberal 0 0 4 −1
Respect 0 0 0 −5
No Overall Control 24 0 0 0

June 2016: The British people voted to leave the European Union.  Only just.  But what was unclear is how to leave and what the future would look like.  And we’re all entitled to an opinion about that.

September 2016: The Labour Party reacted to the disloyalty of most of its MPs and Shadow Cabinet by re-electing Jeremy Corbyn with a bigger majority than he achieved first time.

That’s all I want to say about politics for now.  Finally I’d like to leave you with a few words from the greatest boxer of all time, in my opinion.

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‘Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.’

Happy 2017 to you all.

 

 

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