Here we are, the final day of 2012 and time for a quick review of this amazing year. Undoubtedly one of the highlights took place in February when my mother and brother went to Buckingham Palace with my father to receive his MBE.
March brought less cheerful news as our dear friend, the 4th member of the gang of three, the ever smiling Wiggy passed away at the age of 42.
May of course was the annual birthday party, held this year at Velvet Lounge (now closed!) with a record number of guests (around 50) followed by an after party at M1NT.
June was the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s reign with Jubilee parties all over the country (and the world). June was also when the European football championship was held and we saw yet another disappointing performance from England, but let’s not dwell too much on that because 2012 also brought sporting success.
July bought tragic news with the shooting in Aurora at the movie theatre, and of course, nothing changed in respect of gun control laws. It was also the month I got in to a dispute at a football match over some guy’s broken glasses. But the biggest event in July was of course the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
August was when it all kicked off again over the disputed Diaoyu Islands with Chinese all over the country protesting against the Japanese, smashing Japanese cars, attacking Japanese businesses and so on. On a more cheerful note, Great Britain notched up a record number of medals at the Olympics in what proved to be an amazing summer of British sport.
September seems to have been party month – I attended my very first bachelorette party in Hong Kong and the Playboy party at Eden and tried to forget about the ongoing anti-Japanese protests that were still escalating.
October of course means Halloween and the usual dressing up and having a good time.
November and more partying, this time at M1NT, while over in America, they decided to let Obama have another four years.
And that brings us to December – another massacre in America, the launch of the iPhone 5 in China, and WoAi celebrating Christmas in Shanghai. Oh, and I finally got to see the new James Bond movie, Skyfall.
All in all, a pretty good year with the usual highs and lows. We lost quite a few celebrities too, including Etta James, Whitney Houston, Davey Jones (The Monkees), Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Rodney King, Tony Scott, Sir Patrick Moore, Neil Armstrong, Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds creator), Clive Dunn and Larry Hagman (JR Ewing). May they rest in peace and may you all have a “peaceful” new year celebration tonight!
See you all in 2013!