A very short review this year.
2022 started very quietly for the Magnons. Winter was mild, Spring was mild, then at the end of May we headed south for our home in France.
Summer was as all Summers should be; hot, dry, and with plenty of BBQ's, swimming, etc. With our only being allowed three post-Brexit months in France each year (which is plenty) at the end of August, after a lovely Summer, we returned to Blighty.
However, a true nightmare was about to happen.
It seemed as if everything that could possibly have gone wrong on our return journey; did. We broke down in the middle of Rouen, and the car was eventually scrapped. We were saved by the totally selfless actions of oldest son Kimbo, who booked us a hotel, drove and sailed through the night, and returned us (and a car-full of belongings and Billy) to Brighton the following day.
I cannot tell you the relief we felt when looking out of our Dieppe hotel window the following morning, and seeing his car there. Without him I don't know what we would have done. He was a total hero!
We quickly settled back into life in Brighton. Putin's horrible invasion of Ukraine occupied most of the news, and anti-oil 'Wokery' became rampant with the silliest of protests receiving headline status. People glued themselves to everything imaginable, threw tomato soup at well-known paintings, and blocked motorways. In fact they made a right bloody nuisance of themselves anywhere and everywhere. Someone soon has to say "Enough is enough".
We seemed to have a sudden flurry of Prime Ministers. First Boris quit over having held meetings during his own enforced Covid lockdown, then over-hyped Liz Truss made an awful mess of her mini-Budget and was booted out, then finally Rishi came along and things settled. I had championed Rishi back in June, but my advice was ignored. It's good to see him now having his chance, he's a very bright boy.
How Sir Keir Starmer managed to avoid prosecution over his beer-swilling knees-up in Durham during lockdown is anyone's guess, but I suppose as he was recently head of The Crown Prosecution Service, he might have had some influence. Ahem!
In amongst all this mess, our beloved Queen died, and King Charles took the reins. The change-over has been reasonably seamless, I wonder if Charles feels like a 'King' yet? He will!
However, the most momentous event of 2022 for me personally was the purchase and use of a walking cane. With Sciatica, dodgy hips, and an even more troublesome right knee, I now feel steadier on my feet with a stick. It seems like a rite of passage, but not a good one. This (below) is what the future holds.
All in all it's been another reasonably quiet year for the Magnons. We are less centrally-heated than usual, but are still solvent, still Covid-free, Flu-free, and still enjoying life.
Labour and their Union Boss paymasters have done their best to ruin Christmas. We've had the postal workers on strike, the train drivers, the nurses, barristers, university lecturers, school teachers, firefighters, London bus drivers, ambulance drivers, and civil servants (I may have missed some). Even the driving test examiners joined-in. All supported by Labour of course. If lots of these strikers lose their jobs over all this political nonsense, I shall not be shedding tears.
So how does 2022 end for UK Plc? I will leave you with this one picture which explains all.
May I wish you all an extremely happy, and hopefully strike-free 2023. Cro xx