How time flies, another year nearly gone and the countdown for Christmas begins.
I thought I would share with you some of the memories I have from the year……..
Do you remember when the NHS cancelled all non-urgent treatments from mid-January until the end of the month, reports had emerged of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors and of ambulances left queuing outside A&E. This was terrible news and one that didn’t go down very well.
Continuing we had the “Mini beast from the East” where heavy snows affected much of the UK after a previous cold wave had recently hit us. However, school children took advantage of this whilst many schools were closed with heating and travel issues. But I was in total agreement of the closures as the emergency services needed to gain access to troubled areas however I would rather be awaiting my turn with my sledge in hand than in a traffic jam on the M42.
It was great to see that the National Living Wage for people over 25 increased from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour, what a bonus that was and just in time for the Sugary drinks tax to come into effect.
The “Plastic Pact” pledge to cut plastic pollution was a great decision later in the year, big companies like Coca-Cola and Asda as well as forty other companies had signed up to the pledge supporting more recycling and cutting down on plastic packaging. But the amusing part for me was the statement from a major stores announcing that it is to trial “plastic-free” fruit and vegetable sections in its stores, while allowing shoppers to bring in their own Tupperware and other containers for purchases from its fresh meat and fish counters. So next time you go food shopping lunchboxes at the ready.
As a patriotic man we then had the pleasure to watch the wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor. This was a great spectacle for many and was viewed all over the world by an estimated 1.9 billion. Although I couldn’t attend on the day it was great to be sat back in my armchair with a cup of tea and a traditional English breakfast.
Then of course there was the football, the England team winning over Colombia with a penalty shoot-out kept us all entertained and on the edge of our seats. After another win it was into the semi-finals our first time since 1990 and then a shattering defeat left us leaving the competition. But fantastic to see Harry Kane win the Golden Boot scoring six goals and I’m sure you will agree it was a proud moment to see our team represent us so well.
And then after getting over the football we had the heatwaves to contend with. It was great to be able to save on the heating bills, leaving windows and doors open, just a terrible shame that the portable fan cost us more to run in evenings, but the days were glorious allowing us to spend much more time out the house.
Our own day to day lives are full of challenges, testing us sometimes to our limits. But the countdown to Christmas is now on, testing us once again, battling through traffic, fighting through crowded shops until finally winding down for the festive break.
Putting all of the above behind us, Christmas is that one time of the year when we can try to forget about work and get to spend that quality time with our family and loved ones, watching your favourite films, playing favourite games and praying that the dishwasher doesn’t break down.
Have a great Xmas Everyone….