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Happy New Year

Auld Lang Syne

  • Should old acquaintance be forgot,
  • and never brought to mind ?
  • Should old acquaintance be forgot,
  • and old lang syne ?

( CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear,  for auld lang syne,  we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,  for auld lang syne.)

  • And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
  • and surely I’ll buy mine !
  • And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
  • for auld lang syne.


  • We two have run about the slopes,
  • and picked the daisies fine ;
  • But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
  • since auld lang syne.


  • We two have paddled in the stream,
  • from morning sun till dine† ;
  • But seas between us broad have roared
  • since auld lang syne.


  • And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
  • And give me a hand o’ thine !
  • And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
  • for auld lang syne.



New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in ancient Rome. With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year’s Day is the closest thing to being the world’s only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar currently corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.


The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 46 BC and was subsequently murdered, the Roman Senate voted to deify him on the 1st January 42 BC in honour of his life and his institution of the new rationalised calendar. The month originally owes its name to the deity Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. This suggests that New Year’s celebrations are founded on pagan traditions. Some have suggested this occurred in 153 BC, when it was stipulated that the two annual consuls (after whose names the years were identified) entered into office on that day, though no consensus exists on the matter. Dates in March, coinciding with the spring equinox, or commemorating the Annunciation of Jesus, along with a variety of Christian feast dates were used throughout the Middle Ages, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December.

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New Years Honours List 2012

  • Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who won plaudits for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, has been made a CBE in the New Year Honours list . For services to Drama.
  • Ronnie Corbett, the comedian and Entertainer who is also awarded a CBE For services to Entertainment and to Charity
  • Clive James, the Australian born entertainer and writer, is also made a CBE For services to Entertainment and Charity.
  • Television presenter Lorraine Kelly, is made an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces.
  • There was also an MBE for the actor David Harewood, whose credits include the 2006 film Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • The impact of reality television is also recognised in this year’s honours list with a knighthood being awarded to Peter Bazalgette, the television executive who brought Big Brother to the UK. For services to Broadcasting.
  • Meanwhile there was a CBE for Paul Smith, the founder of Celador Entertainment, which created Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
  • Steve Lillywhite, the record producer who worked with  U2, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and Liam Gallagher, has been awarded a CBE.
  • Poet & Playwright Dr Dannie Abse has been awarded a CBE For services to Poetry and Literature.
  • Former Formula One racing driver and World Champion Nigel Mansell, OBE. President, UK Youth. Has been awarded Awarded a CBE For services to Children and Young People.
  • Harold Dennis Bird, MBE. awarded an OBE For services to Cricket and to Charity.
  • Northern Ireland Golfer Darren Christopher Clarke has been awarded an OBE For services to Golf
  • Sports Broadcaster Stuart Hall has been awarded an OBE For his services to Broadcasting and Charity
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More film highlights for 2012

  • If like me, you are getting a bit fed up with all these reality TV shows (Apparently Celebrity Big Brother starts again on January 5th on Channel 5- Oh Joy!) You might like Director Gary Ross’s  The Hunger Games which is out on March 23rd, and is based  on Suzanne Collins’s novels, where 24 young people fight to the death on live TV in a sort of post-apocalyptic X Factor. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star, and three sequels are in the pipeline, so someone must have confidence in it. Sounds a bit like Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzennegger
  • Next year there are also loads of Comic-book adaptations coming to the big screen too. First up is director Joss Whedon’s  comic book adaptation The Avengers. Based on the Marvel Comic it is out on April 27th, and features loads of Marvel superheroes including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans). The Amazing Spider-Man is also out on July 6th and stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. Just as eagerly awaited will be The Dark Knight Rises which is out on July 20th, and is directed by Christopher Nolan, and stars Christian Bale as Batman, and  Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, and the cast also includes Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, if it is as good as the last two Batman films it will definitely be worth seeing.
  • Ridley Scott makes his return to science-fiction thirty years after making Blade Runner, with Prometheus which is out on June 1st, and stars Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
  • Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln, is due out at the end of the year, and has the asset of Honest Abe lookalike Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead.
  • Offbeat director Tim Burton’s latest film Frankenweenie is also out on October 5th, and features a dead dog which is brought back to life with unintended consequences.
  • Sam Mendes directs the latest exciting James Bond thriller Skyfall, which is out on October 26th and stars Daniel Craig as James Bond and Javier Bardem as the villain
  • Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby is also out, and should be great to look at if Moulin Rouge and Australia are anything to go by. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are ideally cast as Gatsby and Daisy.
  • If like me, you are a huge Tolkien fan , you’ll be glad to know that Director Peter Jackson’s latest film The Hobbit: An Unexpected released on December 14. It stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Benedict Cumberbatch, from the TV series Sherlock is providing the voice of Smaug and Richard Armitage, plays dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield. In addition, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Christopher Lee all reprise their roles from The Lord Of The Rings; I can hardly wait