Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Short Review of the Year 2007

As with the previous two years, it had to be done.



FAVOURITE EVENTS



Gordon Brown becoming PM was perhaps the best.



PEOPLE WHO LEFT US IN 2007, WHO I WILL PARTICULARLY MISS



Teddy Kollek

Magnus Magnusson

Ian Richardson

Ian Wooldridge

John Inman

Gareth Hunt

Bob Woolmer

Yolanda King

Ruth Bell Graham

George Melly

Lady Bird Johnson

Nigel Dempster

Mike Reid

Ingmar Bergman

John Gardner

Tony Wilson

Madeleine L'Engle

Luciano Pavarotti

Anita Roddick

Lois Maxwell

Ned Sherrin

Deborah Kerr

Alan Coren

Chad Varah

Verity Lambert

Evel Knievel

Arabella Spencer-Churchill

Oscar Peterson

Benazir Bhutto

And, if dead, as is likely, Steve Fossett



FAVOURITE FILMS OF THE YEAR



The Simpsons Movie

The Magic Flute


FAVOURITE PEOPLE

The Queen (well she's great isn't she)

Kylie Minogue (For beating back cancer and making a return to the spotlight)


MUSICAL INSPIRATION

Paul McCartney (for his Memory Almost Full album). Plus some of the bands who have made some sort of comeback. Let that be an inspiration for one or two bands I would like to see get back together.


POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR

Gordon Brown, but also Benazir Bhutto, for helping to make an effort to bring democracy back to Pakistan, knowing what the cost could be.


PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

I supposed being a bit more relaxed and contented with life as well as my training to be a lay-minister. Although politically I did enjoy campaigning in Ealing Southall and actually helping the winning side in a Parliamentary election for once ;). As well as enjoying helping out in Hilary Benn's campaign office.


BLOGGERS OF THE YEAR

LABOUR: Rupa Huq's home on the web

CONSERVATIVE: Iain Dale's Diary

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT: A Liberal Goes a Long Way

OTHER: Paul Linford/Rachel from North London

NON POLITICAL: Cally's Kitchen


FAVOURITE QUOTES

“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” - Jimmy Carter, former US President. I don't entirely agree with this assesment as I think it's a bit OTT. But I can see his point.


(FAVOURITE BLOGGING QUOTES OF THE YEAR)

I’ve heard of viewers overseas tuning into the BBC Parliament Channel as entertainment and I have to say Wednesday’s PMQs was a spectacle for sure but rather uncomfortable viewing. Bullingdon Eton bully boy Cameron showed himself to be a particularly nasty piece of work. To resort to insults (the word “phoney”) is poor. Name-calling is for people who aren’t intelligent enough to think of real arguments. There is going to be no imminent election. He should get over it.

Rupa Huq pointing out another example of David Cameron's commitment to ditch "Punch and Judy politics"

Interesting reading matter in the Sunday papers yesterday as Katie from The Apprentice announced that not only is Margaret Thatcher her hero, but also that she's like to be a Tory MP.As I said previously, she was the most appalling out of a bad bunch of greedy, self-centred, manipulative, Thatcherite, David Brent-alikes - Katie, not Thatcher, obviously. ;-)But she did not deserve to be harassed off the show in the way she was.

Kerron Cross on Katie Hopkins

Mellor spent the whole interview being his normal unctuous, arrogant self and slagging off "Dave" Cameron in the most self-satisfied way you can imagine. David Gold responded in a very measured and calm way. I am afraid I was rather more to the point. As far as I can recall my rant went something like this...
David Mellor has just illustrated why
the Tories have been out of power for ten years....

Iain Dale on David Mellor's arrogance. I felt like cheering him on.


Happy New Year to you all :)

2 comments:

rupahuq said...

Paul, thanks for your kind words. Am blushing all over. Re: Recess Monkey by the way, last time I met Alex he was offering it round... really. It was an Xmas party and when anyone mentioned it he said "do you want it?" I guess there were no suitable takers. It'll be a sad day when the cheeky one hangs up his mouse (if you know what I mean).

Paul Burgin said...

You are welcome :-). Incidentally I will be at Alex's birthday party this evening, so will be interested to hear anything about it!