It's time to take a quick look back at a few of the news events that made the year in good ways and bad ways. I won't be writing about everything of course, and I won't be giving my opinions on everything. This is more of a small roundup but people are welcome to express opinions on the comments bit. Funny and interesting links are included.
There were two big political stories this year-British exit from the EU (Brexit) which led to a new Prime Minister, and the US Presidential Election. Lets start with Trump v Clinton which, lets admit, allowed the media to have a field day with their coverage. There were the Crooked Hillary and her email stories, and every offensive thing Trump managed to say along with the women lined up to accuse him of being a pervert basically. I loved this article at The Daily Sheeple which has a laugh at all the candidates and gives the election in fifty funny memes:
Yes I voted for Brexit and I object to being called racist for wanting my country to be run by our democratically elected government and not the faceless in Europe. I don't want hard working law-abiding EU migrants living here to be deported or a ban on all migrants. I just want the UK to decide who/how many can stay here, which criminals we deport, what our laws are, who we pay benefits to, how long we can jail people for, who we can trade with, who can fish in our waters etc. We ran our own affairs before the EU, we can do it again. I am hopeful of overcoming the challenges and seeing what the future holds.
On the brighter side of politics former Labour MP Ed Balls became the most popular politician in the country with his performances on Strictly Come Dancing. I loved this!
Lets move on to the highlight of the summer-the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. I loved watching both especially the cycling, gymnastics, athletics, diving, swimming and triathlon. So many great performances and beautiful scenery to enjoy!
This year that were a lot of terrible terrorist attacks around the world, images which shocked and horrified the decent human beings amongst us. In the UK we are blessed to have an excellent security service who work day and night to foil plots but we are not immune to lone wolf attacks and I really do fear for the future. I don't think things will get better on that front in 2017. Wherever you live, be vigilant, report anything suspicious and be aware of your surroundings at all times. I have security training so every building I enter, I know where exits and toilets are and I do people-watch for anything that bothers me or looks suspicious. You can call me paranoid and at times I admit I am but it might save my life some day.
The Fake News scandal did not surprise me. How do we really know what is true and what is fake? Simple answer is we don't. I do read a mainstream newspaper online but I also read alternative news. I don't believe every story I read in either source but I like to look at what is there and make up my own mind. The alternative news does give some wild conspiracy stories but they do give you different topics the mainstream media won't cover. which is useful.
This was also a year of celebrity deaths. I'm not going to name all of them obviously, so don't be upset if I don't mention a favourite of yours. These are people whose death affected me most because I liked their work. David Bowie, Andrew Sachs, Prince, Alan Rickman, George Kennedy, Rick Parfitt, George Michael, Larry Drake, Carrie Fisher, Frank Kelly, Jean Alexander, Ronnie Corbett, Kenny Baker, Robert Vaughn, Peter Vaughan.
And now their watch has ended.
There are others who could have been mentioned but I had to stop somewhere. Which celebrity deaths affected you most? I got the most upset over Alan Rickman, whose work I have loved for years and for Peter Vaughan who I loved so much in Game of Thrones. Finding out what an amazing human being George Michael was, was quite emotional, as people came forward to tell of his generous nature which he kept quiet while he was alive.
I don't want to finish the year on a sad note so lets look at some very cute pandas to make us smile! Who doesn't love a panda?