Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

Happy New Year 2021

January 1, 2021

New Year 2021, firework display London was muted, spread over a wider area, fewer fireworks, a laser light show and what I assmed to be drones incredible display.

The past twenty years, massive firework display concentrated in the centre near London Eye, barges anchored in the Thames with fireworks, massive crowds.

This year no crowds, the fireworks fewer and spread over a wider area, reduces air pollution which exacerbates the risk of covid-19.

Racists go into overdrive the mention of Black Lives Matter.

Shocking the images from Wu Han where covid-19 originated. People packed in the streets, coronavirus has not gone away. Similar shocking scenes in New Zealand.

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease, it spreads through person-to person-contact. The only way to stay safe and stop its spread is to avoid other people, avoid crowded enclosed spaces, wear a mask.

Data presented Monday was sobering, the new more infectious strain of covid-19 the number of new cases rising rapidly. The last two days of 2020, the number of daily deaths in UK close to 1,000 deaths per day. On New Years Eve, the number of new cases exceeded 55,000. In the last two weeks, the number of new cases has doubled.

UK should have gone into tier 4 at least a week earlier. UK should now be in lockdown.

Two vaccines have received Emergency Approval, Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca, to be rolled out in a mass vaccination programme. But we should be cautious and not relax our guard. Vaccinations are usually carried out in advance of a disease not during a global pandemic. The vaccine does not become effective for several weeks, in other words may sill catch covid-19 and fall ill. Little is known about transmission, you may be vaccinated but still pass covid-19 to others.

New Year’s Eve, coffee in a coffee shop, I learnt the barista who served me last week, now off sick with coronavirus.

I end with a short reflection from Paulo Coelho on what has been a very difficult year for everyone.

My Way

January 3, 2017

Robbie Williams performed live in London to see in the New Year.

A poor lacklustre mediocre performance.

Not a patch on Frank Sinatra classic live at Royal Albert Hall where he had edge.

New Year dinner

January 1, 2017

Excellent sausages from butcher in Heighington.

Excellent red wine from Melissonas Hill vineyard.

Thoughts of what could be for the New Year

December 31, 2016

As one year fades away and another begins, thoughts of Michel Bauwens of what could be.

Happy New Year 2013

January 1, 2013
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Bonne Année à tous mes amis

Bonne Année à tous mes amis

Happy New Year!

London once again put the world to shame with a spectacular firework display lasting over ten minutes.

Thanks to everyone who in 2012 thought this blog worth visiting, who left kind comments. 2012 saw 114,243 visits.

Never let it be said one person cannot achieve a lot. This is what Scottish schoolgirl Martha Payne achieved in 2012: she wrote a food blog NeverSeconds about her school meals, raised money for a school kitchen in Malawi, co-authored with her father David a book NeverSeconds, collected numerous awards, as the year ended her blog passed over nine million hits. What are you going to achieve in 2013?

Scorpions Live at Brandenburg Gate

January 2, 2012

1 million people rocked it like a hurricane last night. — Rudolf Schenker

Germany saw the New Year in with the Scorpions playing live in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

I am hoping some kind soul will upload the entire concert in HD to youtube.

New Year Fireworks London 2012

January 1, 2012
New Year Fireworks London 2012

New Year Fireworks London 2012

New Year Fireworks London 2012

New Year Fireworks London 2012

Spectacular firework display on the Thames in the centre of London, even more spectacular than last year.

London once again puts Sydney in the shade!

I once quite surprised to see fireworks shooting out of Big Ben synchronised with the chimes of midnight. At first I thought I was seeing things!

An estimated 250,000 people were on the street watching the display, some had been there since early afternoon to ensure a prime spot.

Happy New Year!
UK fireworks and parties welcome in new year
In pictures: UK new year 2012

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012






Happy New Year everyone!

С Новым Годом!

سنة جديدة سعيدة!

Gott Nytt År!

Feliz Año Nuevo!


Šťastný Nový Rok!


Feliz Ano Novo!

नया साल मुबारक हो!

Godt Nyttår!

Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun!

Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος!

As 2011 is washed away by the passing of time, in comes 2012.

New Year Fireworks London 2012

Sorry Sir my dear Jesus , we came to you with, black gown

December 23, 2011

Sorry Sir my dear Jesus , we came to you with, black gown

Heart is wounded and eye in tears …..
Baghdad and the tears and crying
Slaughtered Vgraleom Baghdad to pay tax on the withdrawal of occupation
… … Let him hear the whole world that we have received New Year with a barrage of bleeding, not trees Birth
We gave school children dead booby, not gifts from Santa Cruz
We constructed and consolation black and not the establishment of the celebrations and dinner turkey
….. This is our Iraq and this is what it was

– Lina Dawood Al Ashorea

Few words, but very moving.

Lina is in Iraq, an eyewitness to the descent into Hell.

If you are at Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve, please ask that they spare a minute’s silence for the people of Iraq as their country descends into Hell.

Christmas message from Canon Andrew White
The Truth as Iraq descends into Hell
Displaced by war, Iraqis mourn lost homes

London Fireworks on New Year’s Day 2011

January 2, 2011

Since 2000 London has made the point of having the world’s best firework display. 2011 was no exception.

2011 was even more spectacular than previous years. For 2011, for the first time, it was set to music.

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