My first post of the new year! Looking at recaps of everything that happened in 2011 makes you realise just how much happened, which is reassuring as it all felt rather slow-paced to me. Let’s see, there was:

– The Arab spring: a fruit vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire and sparked revolutions in the Arab world against autocratic, corrupt governments 



– One of the world’s greatest inventors and entrepreneurs died at a young age of cancer



– An earthquake in Japan had far-reaching consequences



– Athens inadvertently takes centre stage in discussions around the future of the euro (see the EU altogether)


– University tuition fees in the UK are as much as tripled and a Youtube song about the Lib Dem liars is released 


– A moose got stuck in a tree after eating too many fermenting apples 


My own new year’s resolutions include:

– limiting my cooking with meat to once a week – a decision taken based on my personal reflection on the world’s growing food policy issues. Also realising that cow flatulence is even worse than CO2 to our atmosphere, and producing meat is more resource-intensive than vegetables

– getting a meaningful job (working on that one! A painstaking process)

– staying in touch with people

– throwing out clothes that I haven’t worn in the last year.

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