A parishioner (affectionately, I hope) even sent me a New Year message describing me as a 'curmudgeon.'
So, here's an appropriately realistic view of the month of January: as someone said to me yesterday about the new year, 'So far ... it's done me no harm....'
As they say, Keep it real!
As for the year that has passed, let's sum it up in the words of A.A. Milne:
“"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit. "No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way."”But let me end on a positive note: despite the cotton wool-wrapped idiocy of the Advertising Standards Authority (let's all complain to the State - dangerous in all kinds of ways - in a kind of over-sensitivity competition) here - at last - is a sensible response from the Church of England ...