After the shocks of Brexit and Trump in 2016, it has seemed that the world has held its breath waiting for catastrophe in 2017 … only to find that events move to the beat of their own drum, and that sometimes uncertainty simply has to be borne. And so, with Brexit negotiations more than halfway through without any confirmed clarity, with Donald Trump still exploiting divisions in his own country and unsettling the world, with the ingrained conflicts of the Middle East continuing to spread like poison, and with tensions high here in Spain itself as the situation in Catalonia ruptures the country, we can only hope that the pressure to move something forward somewhere and somehow may become strong enough to create positive changes in 2018.
In astronomical terms, indeed, today is a day of real change with the winter solstice, or Yule, or however we name it, and so once again it’s time to wish everyone who reads In Tenerife a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Whatever might be happening in such an uneasy world the one thing that unites all of us is a love of home, so with best wishes to Chris Rea for a full recovery after being taken ill on stage recently, my Christmas greeting this year is accompanied by his Driving Home for Christmas. May you all have the reassuring comfort of feeling at home this Christmas, wherever you may actually be. Thank you all for your support over the past year, whether here, or on Facebook or twitter, and I hope that 2018 will bring health, happiness and well-being, and that more than anything, it will be a secure and peaceful year.