Lowlights of the year
The invasion of Ukraine continues in a First-World War-style meatgrinder-stalemate
Hamas butchers 1200 Israelis of all ages at a pop festival. Israel's reactionary government retaliates by flattening Gaza and killing over 10 times as many Palestinians
Despite him being a lying, narcissistic sociopath, Trump is getting more popular in the States and unless he is sent to prison in time, will be the next POTUS. Which of course will be a disaster not only for the US but globally.
Liberal democracy around the world is under attack from China, Iran, Russia and other half-witted regimes such as North Korea who sow misinformation on our social media, fuelling conspiracy theories.
The world seems to be getting even more stupid - ever more venal and corrupt politicians reaching either the wrong conclusion or just lining their own or their friends' pockets.
And they will be replaced by more of the same, as the people who should be our politicians have zero incentive to go into it.
So what's the bloody answer then?
What about me???
In August I moved in with my parents who very kindly accommodated me. It wasn't as bad as any of us feared.
I've come to the realisation that I need to make a distance between my old life and new life, at least for the time being. I know time is a healer and certain enmities and suspicions that are harboured by both parties will gradually cool down.
I don't think it's worth the time and stress to talk over and over things we can't do anything about, despite the fact that modern life suggests this is the only way approach these things.
When I have fallen out with people in the past and met them decades later, it's instantly water under the bridge - it takes too much energy to keep enmities going for years at a time. And I spent years doing that with at least 2 people.
Saying that, there are people I don't want to see ever again of course. And some I wish were dead. And I have no qualms about that at all.
I miss the dogs and my friends. I miss being part of a family.
But I have made new friends here in Wells and reacquainted myself with old schoolmates.
Life for me is in the main, believe it or not, one of contentment.
My Problem with booze
I've been drinking way too much. Drinking every night. I have a problem with alcohol. I can go without it but rarely do. The last time I drank was 3 days ago on the 30th. In all, that day, I had 8 pints of strong beer: a UK gallon. I'm only small too.
|A small Bailey's please.
So I think about going to the gym and getting really toned, but then I remembered I've had enough of gyms for one incarnation, so just walking loads and perhaps some swimming. I like flow-activities. Good for the brain.
I will have to stop buying booze at the supermarket. Get back into non-alcoholic beers. But only in pubs and bars.
So I guess that's my New Year's Resolution.