A look at 2016

It’s been repeated over and over that 2016 has been a shitty year, mostly because of all the celebrities that have died and the major political events.

Not wanting to leave without a bang, 2016 gave us another sick twist on a popular Christmas song.

Yes, this Christmas was George Michael’s last. 😦

And he was so young, only 53. I haven’t listened to his music in the later years, but I always listen to his classics, especially around Christmas. RIP George Michael, you will be missed.

I want to take this opportunity to think back on 2016, and list a few important events.

Culture

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. He has not written any books. I repeat, he has not written any books. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Let that sink in.

Deaths

The ones I know of that have gone to greener pastures this year:

  • Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016)
  • David Bowie (1947 – 2016)
  • Fidel Castro (1926 – 2016)
  • Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016)
  • George Michael (1963 – 2016)
  • John Glenn (1921 – 2016)
  • Muhammad Ali (1942 – 2016)
  • Nancy Reagan (1921 – 2016)
  • Prince (1958 – 2016)
  • Sir George Martin (1926 – 2016)

And there are many more that I don’t know of, or don’t know enough. And the year isn’t over just yet. This is something that will continue to happen however, since the people we’ve watched in movies and whose songs we’ve listened to are getting older.

 Politics

I rarely delve in politics. But these events are too big to not mention. You know what I’m talking about…

The Syrian crisis that has been controversial as well as political. Countries fighting over immigration policies, people arguing over asylum seekers and what is the right thing to do, people torn between their humanitarian views and their immigration views.

The U.K. referendum vote that resulted in them wanting to leave the European Union. I would say people were shocked about this event, and nobody knows what happens after this or what the consequences are in the long run. Time will tell, as always.

Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential elections. People all over the world were in shock when this happened. There were hopes it could still be “fixed” with the Electoral College, but alas, he is here to stay it seems. I believe we are all hoping that he will prove our worries and fears wrong.


There are of course many more events, such as the Zika virus, earthquakes, bombings, and more. It would all be too much to put into a post, but they are of course no less important.

I will bid you adieu with a George Michael favorite of mine.

 

P.S. A little unimportant tidbit for the blog: If you are on the computer and see little snow falling, move your mouse and see the snow change direction according to your mouse movement!

Also, I am experimenting with various blog designs, so thoughts are welcome!

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2 thoughts on “A look at 2016

  1. Maddy says:

    “Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away…”
    RIP George Michael….Gone way too soon. So sad.
    Too bad the media focuses on celebrity deaths mostly…what about other civilians?

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