Wow, what a year 2016 has been. With Brexit in the UK, and Trump in America, the implosion of the Middle East, an immigration crisis in Europe, and everyone stunned around the world within days of the year starting by the deaths of those whose names were almost as familiar to us as our own, those who had seemed set to be with us for ever. The grim reaper’s tally in 2016 has included some greats indeed, including “the Greatest”, Mohammed Ali, himself. Many people feel that they’re reeling after this year, and I’m one of them!

But today is the winter solstice, or Yule if we’re heading into Norse territory as many are with the new fashion for hygge! … and so it feels like the right time to wish the community of people who read this site, and those who are good friends to it, a very merry Christmas. Thank you all for your support over the past year, and despite the world feeling as though it’s shifted into a parallel dimension, and that hate has sometimes trumped love, I hope that 2017 will somehow bring health, happiness and well-being for us all, and that above all, it will be a secure and peaceful year.

I can’t think of a better song to accompany my Christmas greeting this year than this one, sung by a very great name that 2016 took from us. Peace on Earth … yes indeed, let’s hope so. Merry Christmas everyone.

 

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  1. Merry Christmas Janet. Many thanks for all you do keeping us informed on news & events throughout the year. Let’s hope 2017 brings goods news to share.

  2. Indeed what a year.

    May I also add what a pleasure it is to read and occasionally make comment on various topics on this well managed and informative website that maintains such a high standard in its content and focus on many relevant topics. Merry Christmas to you all.

  3. Merry Christmas to you Janet and a heartfelt thank you for all your information and advice during the year.

  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Janet. The excellent work that you do, and that so many of us use and often rely upon, can be summed up in one word; invaluable. So thank you for all that you do.

  5. Merry Christmas to you too 😊And thank you for all information / up dates and advice. I wish you all the best 😊

  6. A very Merry Christmas to you Janet. Thank you for keeping us all up to speed with the goings-on on the island.

  7. i so agree with your comments, Janet, this has been the strangest year, with famous com¡ntempories passing away . I think they must be planning some huge variety show up in “heaven” with great muscians, comedians and comperes!
    As to world politics – well Brexit and Trump beggar belief – let’s hope the World – and more specifically, we ex.pats survive it!
    Here’s hoping that 2017 is better for evryone – fingers crossed!!!
    Merry xmas and Happy to you, Janet and thank you so much for the great work that you do!

  8. I wish you and J a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

    Your web page is a must do for me every day wherever I am to keep in touch with all the breaking news concerning the wonderful island that Tenerife is. Thank you for all your commitment and hard work.

    Snowy

  9. Thanks snowy, and everyone who’s commented. I hope you’re all having a lovely Christmas! It’s so lovely to read such comments that it’s like an extra Christmas present!

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