A Short Review of the Year 2008
Well I think Barack Obama's campaign and election is my favourite event by far :-)
PEOPLE WHO LEFT US IN 2008, WHO I WILL PARTICULARLY MISS
Sir Edmund Hillary
Arthur C. Clarke
W. Mark Felt
FAVOURITE FILMS OF THE YEAR
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Quantum of Solace
Frost/Nixon (Premature I know, as it is yet to be released in the UK, but I think I will like it :-))
The People of Zimbabwe (For standing up to intimidation when voting for their so-called President)
Barack Obama (Need I explain why?)
Gordon Brown (For fighting back against his critics and working flat out to try and mend the economy)
John Sergeant (For bravely treating Strictly Come Dancing as the entertainment show it is)
Queen + Paul Rodgers for being brave enough to release a studio album minus Freddie Mercury and John Deacon
POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR
Barack Obama for bringing forward a political renewal and having the confidence and instilling the confidence in his supporters and the voters to go all the way to the White House
PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
Going to Chicago to help in the US Election Campaign, making new and exciting friendships, plus the joy of seeing old friends around for Christmas.
BLOGGERS OF THE YEAR
LABOUR: The good people of Labourhome
CONSERVATIVE: Iain Dale's Diary
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT:Lindylooz Muze
OTHER: Paul Linford
NON POLITICAL: dizzykj
So we pulled up to this diner, where people told us that we could get some good pie. And I like pie. Do you like pie too? So, we go in there, and we say, "Oh, what kind of pie you got?' And they didn't have sweet potato pie, they didn't have pumpkin pie. They had some cream pies mostly, which is OK with me. So, I got some coconut cream pie. And Governor Strickland, he got lemon meringue pie.
So while we're waiting for our pie, the staff come and they want to take a picture with me because they say, you know, the owner of this dinner is a staunch die-hard Republican, so we want to kind of tease him a little bit by getting this picture with you. So we're taking this picture and suddenly the owner comes out with the pie. And he looks at me and I say, "Sir, I understand that you are a die-hard Republican." He says, "That's right." I said, "How's business?" He said, "Not so good." He said, "My customer, they can't afford to eat out anymore." I said, "Who's been in charge of the economy for the last eight years?" He said, "Republicans." I said, "You know, if you kept on hitting your head against a wall over and over again and it started to hurt, at some point would you stop hitting your head against the wall?" He said, "You've got a point."
Barack Obama during the US Presidential election campaign
'I can see Russia from my house!'
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin in a Saturday Night Live skit
What has become clear is that Britain cannot trust the Conservatives to run the economy. Everyone knows that I'm all in favour of apprenticeships, but let me tell you this is no time for a novice.
Gordon Brown on David Cameron in a speech at this year's Labour Party Conference
(FAVOURITE BLOGGING QUOTES OF THE YEAR)
"To be lectured by the Conservatives on unfairness is, as they say, like being lectured by Tony Soprano about crime." Beyond New Labour on the Conservatives attempts to be seen as more friendly
Happy New Year to you all :)