At the End of the Day

This being the final day of 2012 – a year that shall live in infamy – I thought I’d offer a brief opinion on all the things I won’t miss about it.

Whitney Houston, whose death in February released a torrent of emotionally incontinent hero-worship from those unable to see that she had an irritating low-brow voice, no acting talent, and a drug problem created by the mindless desire to be famous.

Nicolas Sarkozy, a small and vulgar man who was finally unelected by the French. The downside was that this paved the way for Francois Hollande to get elected.

My wife’s illness, and our eventual breakup.

Glitches. You may have noticed that these techno-boobs only ever happen to banks, and only ever benefit banks. Today, the Lloyds Leviathan stopped giving out any money to anyone on New Year’s Eve. Given the cash-outflow the bean-counters would expect, I mean HTF could that happen? In reality, it is a Leviathon: please give generously and go without money so that our dedicated banking sheisters can survive for another month.

Eric Hobsbawm, the eternal Communist denialist whose books were impenetrably wrong.

Pedantic, inflexible German ClubMed austerity designed to achieve objectives so unachievably destructive, a small child could be taught why within twenty minutes using a simple Abacus and a Monopoly set.

The protection of the eternally powerful paedophile.

Lord McAlpine and his unutterably disgusting ambulance-chasing creature Andrew Reid.

The Arab Spring, a ridiculous invention of the Western MSM, none of whom have the first f**king idea about Arabism and what it means.

Media coverage of the Golden Jubilee.

Hurricane Sandy. Also Surrey Sandy.

Debt ceilings built entirely without planning permission on fiscal cliffs. How dumb was that?

The Facebook IPO. Also Mark Zuckerberg.

The election of Vladimir Putin as Russian President.

RBS fraud, and the determination of Stephen Hester to stop banking fraud.


For the allegedly best things about 2012, see this entry here at the National Post. Try your hardest not to vomit…especially about the Book of Mormon musical coming to Toronto.


43 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Having found you only on this the last day of 2012, I am looking forward to 2013 and reading your blog.
    For now I wish you a happy NewYear.

    Go well,
    Nick Thomas (Cape Town)


  2. Life stinks JW but hey yahoo news asked me who wore the best dress between 3 celebs this year so..and about a couple of hundred pardon philes got busted just before xmas and all due to ordinary folk doing something and saying ful you to msm. the met cos they did not give a shit


  3. I probably should not be here, as Tom Waits would say – ‘ The sofa has been drinking ‘ The beautiful one has gone to bed & I am just killing time waiting for another round to begin in this fight we call life

    A Happy New Year to the Sloggers & to JW in particular, may you all experience moments of triumph, joy & true companionship.

    Well that killed some time, the spelling was fun.


  4. Chin up everybody.
    It’s gonna be downhill from now on….and “fiscally Cliffy”.
    I guess the best we can wish for is an interesting New Year. It’s as sure as hell it ain’t gonna be better or happier anyway.


  5. Well, I’ve misjudged things terribly. I started the evening with a half-bottle of the Macallan, certain that there would be enough to see me safely through to the New Year; but some blackguard at the distillery had filled it with those illusory half-measures and I find that there’s not a drop left with forty minutes to go… shome mishtake, shurely?

    So I raise a v. dry glass to all Sloggers and our illustrious host – may his powers never dim.


  6. No inflation Sir, and it’s getting hotter, and sometimes colder and sometimes dryer and sometimes wetter.

    That should about cover it.


  7. Lloyds worked fine for me. But I went in through the window with a JCB as I forgot my atm card. Plus I’m a bank robber.


  8. Oh dear posting whilst pi++ed, it’s a crime. A thought for all i think Hollande is the greatest hope for 2013. I know it’s not much to put faith in but trust me on this outlandish notion.

    Flying back to China on the 3rd so make the most of blighty and have a great 2013. Especially to The Slog, just for keeping somewhere sacred to free thinkers.

    thanks for everything.


  9. I thought 2013 was looking a bit tricky until I heard that the Washington fudge packers have learnt to abseil without any rope (that springs eternal)… I feel so much better now,

    A Happy New Year to the wardroom, and to all Slog tars.


  10. ” …with caution …Happy New Year ! ”
    (…με κάθε επιφύλαξη… ΚΑΛΗ ΧΡΟΝΙΑ! …από τον ΚΥΡ )


  11. My advice to you is to stop whingeing – it makes you look foolish, which I believe you are not. Confine your posts to what is interesting and useful to your readers – write the whinges if you must but don’t post them, it does you no good and and it does us your acolytes no good either.

    I wish you and a happier and more prosperous 2013 that the late unlamented year has been for you. Tout casse, tout passe.


  12. Keep posting exactly what you like john.. thanks for all the posts..always a good read wether i agree or not..Happy New Year to all.. i’m wishing for blue skies in 2013..


  13. “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
    ― Alfred Tennyson

    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
    ― Alfred Tennyson

    “The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
    The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
    Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
    ‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
    Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,–
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
    ― Alfred Tennyson


  14. Errr, go listen to Dolly Parton’s own rendering of “I will always love you” and then rephrase your comment. It may have been without malice aforethought but Ms. Houston murdered that song.


  15. You certainly did misjudge things. I started with a bottle of The Macallan, a bottle of Ballantines Finest (highly recommended this year, see if you can still find a bottle) and a bottle of Grants for passers-by. I now feel like that Johnny Walker bloke: “Still going strong!” and if ye should happen tae pass my door, “Come in, come in, it’s nice tae see ye'” or some such Scotch twaddle. :-)


  16. I never heard of Sarkozys passing. Please can you tell me where the petit kunt is buried so I may danceur sur his grave? Tee-hee!
    Happy New Year, Mr. John.


  17. I think the memories of this year for me are mixed. But a better one than the year before. A year of huge positives for me such as the Jubilee Celebrations (I am a supporter of royalist traditions and the benefits it brings) and Olympics Games which gave many a tempory feel good factor.

    What I will also remember this year for is the media circus and the appalling McAlpine legal actions. What surprised me the most was the extremely poor media coverage which has enabled a litigant assisted by a firm of solictors to again threaten to bring the administration of justice into chaos and disrepute. We shall see how this plays out in 2013 but I am hopeful that some common sense will kick in.

    The silence of the free speech campaigners, the lack of decent legal coverage and the nonsense of the mainstream media demonstrated to me a complete lack of knowledge and ignorance of libel and what proper and decent justice is. It is sad when a significant minority of lawyers in this country continue not to understand or recognise and then break the rules they are governed by or not bother taking any notice of precedants and correct protocol. And then there are the majority of lawyers who remain slient about wrong doing of others or even defend it.

    Sadly the media campaign by Mr Reid and herd like reaction to it by many members of the public has confirmed my belief that our dreadfully neglected and experimented upon education system has produced generations of unpleasant people with university degrees who lack any independent thought. On a positive personal note, it confirms to me that my hours of daydreaming and not paying attention in class, did pay some dividends after all.

    Finally I note one commentator from the website – ‘Solicitors from Hell’ has included a New Year message to Sally Bercow. Despite what lawyers and others will tell you, there is some good material on that site – along with the obvious shortcomings of course. Mrs Bercow might do well to read it because, apart from this and one or two other sites, that coverage seems to represent the correct legal position. At least more so than you will find on the likes of Contact Law and numerous other ill informed and ignorant media law articles.


  18. You missed out the beloved Olympic Games – a complete and utter waste of money to “show off” Blighty at her best!


  19. John and all sloggers out there, a belated cheerio to the old year and a warm welcome to the new one.
    Another day above ground.


  20. As a Bristol Rovers supporter (a concept that the term “long-suffering” was designed for) I had a little chuckle at the appointment of John Ward as manager. Still, after a good win today against Plymouth there is now more chance of Rovers staying in the league than the Tories getting an outright majority!!

    Happy New Year to the real JW and all Sloggers.


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