With Christmas Eve around the corner, and in the spirit of work-life balance, I will be taking a well-earned relaxing break from blogging until early next year.
Thank you for all your support and messages throughout the year! This has been another bumper 12 months, and I am humbled by your readership and encouragement.
It has been an interesting, and troubling year, characterised by political and social upheaval, giving me plenty of reasons to write and express my never-ending dismay with our political ‘leaders,’ and the state of our cultural, political, and social affairs.
We witnessed a feral election campaign in the United States, accompanied by the tragic rise of the racist, white supremacist, neo-Nazi Alt-Right, which saw Donald Trump, the loser of the popular vote by over 2.5 million votes, declared president-elect.
We survived the longest, most boring, and utterly uninspiring election campaign in Australia’s modern history, followed by a marriage equality plebiscite fiasco overseen by a Prime Minister who, in a short year, managed to betray every principle he once confessed to hold dear.
We are living in the age of a global refugee crisis unparalleled in scale since WWII, coupled with our deplorable treatment of refugees in our offshore asylum seekers processing centres that have become a physical manifestation of Australia’s lost humanity and values.
We are living under the ongoing threat of mindless, barbaric terrorism, which continues to endanger lives around the world, and breeds uncertainty in cities and nations traditionally spared from violence, making otherwise good people grow fearful and engage in thinking and conduct unbecoming of them.
Despite these upheavals and concerning global trends, I wish all my lovely readers a relaxing and safe Festive Season and a very Happy New Year, and hope you will enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends.
See you all in 2017!
Would you miss The Vue Post during the next few weeks, here are a few of the most read articles from 2016 in order of popularity, for your enjoyment:
- ‘Holding the Man’ – a tearful review (2 September 2015)
- The Trump ‘victory’ – a post-mortem for an American tragedy (15 November 2016)
- Janders Dean Horizons Conference Sydney 2016 (29 July 2016)
- How dare you ‘politicise’ human rights?! (26 October 2016)
- ‘My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular’ (21 June 2015)
- Resist and reject the marriage equality plebiscite (26 July 2016)
- LGBTI human rights and marriage equality (24 January 2015) – this is a very long read, and due to its size it will not load in mobile browsers
- Innovation déjà vu (10 September 2016)
- Donald Trump’s Homeresque presidential bid (30 January 2016)
- Elon Musk on learning and knowledge (28 May 2015)
And don’t forget my three most popular regular columns:
- Sunday Life, loaded with cocktail recipes, music, books and more;
- the Social Media Round-up, which is social media news galore from around the world; and
- Secret Sydney, filled with fun places to eat and drink at.