Wishing you all the best for a great 2013. Only three resolutions this year (I'm a believer in such things):
1) no chocolate for the month of January - nearly caved a few days ago and was saved by the fact that the last of the orange chocolate segments in the fridge had been eaten by Finn who has made no such resolution as she still has her waistline
2) NO MORE LOTTERY TICKETS - I announced this at the customer service desk of Tesco after being told my last two tickets had won me naught. People around me cheered and jeered, the manager looked cross (do they get a commission?) and I was heard to quote that I call it a tax on the poor and a friend of mine calls it a tax on the stupid
3) a walk every day - little or long - along with Chi Gong and yoga stretches. Patchy to date but nonetheless in evidence which is a good start.
Good luck all of you with your own resolutions if you have them. Sure why not, test of character and all that. A radio dj announced proudly he had managed to get through the day so far without a bag of crisps (potato chips for you North Americans)and you had to feel for him. Meanwhile, here's a pic of me at the Gateway of India in Mumbai (formerly Bonmbay)not long after my 60th birthday last month. I was in India for three weeks over November/December and arrived back on the 17th in time to hurl myself into Christmas. More about that anon.
I was born in Ireland and grew up in Toronto, Canada with my seven sisters and two brothers. Left home at seventeen to live in a commune, then headed off across Canada with my pal, Carole, and we hitch-hiked around California for months, then back up to Vancouver(Van as we called it then) and across Canada with two more pals, Linda and Peggy. A year later, headed off to Malaysia and Borneo with Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth for a year. Baik-lah! Back home, went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto (posh blokes) while also joining the Canadian Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet. Trained on the east and west coasts of Canada every summer. Great fun. Then what? Hmm. Started to write books, dodgy personal life (that's personal but let's just say it's been a long time between drinks) started to wander around the world, had a darling daughter, settled down in Ireland, wrote more books.