31 December 2007

Happy New Year and a few resolutions

Happy New Year to all. Hopefully, 2008 will be a successful and prosperous one for you all, and your resolutions are achievable. In that sense, here are some of mine:

  • Get to the gym more, and not just weights but cardio as well
  • Update this more

So not many, so hopefully I will be able to keep them going for more than a month.

I read today that TIME has awarded Vladimir Putin the Man of the Year award. At first I thought it was a practical joke given that Russia have started sending out their long range bombers to probe the Western air defences (something that has not happened since the height of the Cold War in the 1980s).

However a review of the TIME's Man of the Year awards shows that this is not entirely without precedent. Previous recipients have included notables such as:
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Harry Truman (in the year that Hiroshima and Nagasaki was bombed)
  • Nikita Kruschev
  • Lyndon B Johnson (in the year prior to the Vietnam war escalation)
  • George W Bush (enough said)
As such, Putin joining such a list is therefore not entirely out of character for the editors of TIME. Here's hoping that Putin does not join his Russian predecessors...

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