Ending 2006 in a gust

Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Eve 2006 is turning into just like many before it; with gale winds raging outside our door. I'm still suprised that the Edinburgh celebrations are still on (as I type this) given Newcastle, Glasgow and Stirling have all seen sense and called off their events. This gives partygoers the chance not to be caught out and make other plans. Safety should come first not costs or prestige.

Yet I feel only living a few miles from Edinburgh that organisers are reluctant to pull the plug. What extra equipment they have brought in that can defeat nature and keep goers (in the open spaces) safe must be remarkable. The main problem isn't the weather, rather the Council relying on revenue and media coverage to attract more visitors and sponsors for next year. Hopefully nothing goes wrong tonight.

End of World Blues

I've ended 2006 by finishing Jon Courtenay Grimwood's End of World Blues, which I did enjoy at the end. Set partially in Japan and another realm, things did not come together until the last 50 pages or so. Another good book, in what has been a vintage year for reading.

In 2006 I have started several series' that will continue in 2007. I'm expecting new instalments from Hal Duncan, Alan Campbell, Richard Morgan and Scott Lynch amongst others. Enjoy the celebrations where ever you are....

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