Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

To Hell with 2016, a Blot on the Passage of Time; So Far So Good after Surviving a Perilous Year

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

To Hell with 2016, a Blot on the Passage of Time; So Far So Good after Surviving a Perilous Year

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE

with Greg Bray

WELL folks, it's the end of the first week of 2017 and while gym owners and running shoe sellers count their cash, the celebrities who survived 2016 are sighing with relief.

Apparently quite a lot of people had a bit of a shocker last year. One mate, in particular, has decided to incorporate 2016 into his list of swear words. Eg: You son of a 2016! That low-down, sap-sucking, 2016 of a thing! Oh, for 2016's sake etc.

His year started off with the normal resolutions to lose weight, save the world and find a working pen next to the phone, but a third of the way down the 365 steps on the staircase of 2016, someone slipped a box over his head and shoved him in the back, so he arrived at New Year's Eve like a person crawling from a train wreck.

For some reason we think that no matter how crappy things are going for us we can reset our lives, and luck, on January 1. That, somehow, when the clock ticks over to 00:01 on New Year's Day, all the bad stuff will magically stop happening; just like New Year's Eve 2015. …

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