Published: January 1st 2009January 1st 2009
Happy New Year! - out with the old and in with the new - again. I wish everyone happy and fulfilling adventures for the next year.
I'm in Edinburgh for the New Years - in Scotland the celebration is called Hogmanay
and has it's own associated traditions - first footing (visiting friends homes), singing "Auld Lang Syne" or more accurately singing the known few words and miming/droning the rest - I think this is an international tradition now - though in Edinburgh more people know the song - Robert Burns the 19th Ayrshire Poet who wrote the piece is a national hero.
The year 2008 has been one of global change and uncertainty, the global recession known as the "credit crunch", the shift in popular opinion that has resulted in a growing green movement and the election of Barack Obama to US presidency and the hope that globally comes from this - 2009 promises to be interesting times.
Best wishes to everyone reading.
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