I’ve had less time for running, and less still for writing. I’ve been unfit, distracted and slow.
And yet — there’s been real progress, too, hidden not far beneath the surface.
Our 95,000 visitors this year may have found only 22 new posts to read, but it’s been a momentous year of change, both in London and abroad.
A changing political landscape marked the 2008 US election and the new opportunities that brings, for America and the whole world beyond.
My critical writing in the divided by an ocean section has now given birth to an entirely new chapter entitled united in a future. And let’s hope that we are.
The war in Gaza was the year’s lowest moment, pointing to new hazards ahead and mistakes not far behind us.
Yet there are some signs of a new mindset emerging. As the Arab-Israeli Peace Process begins once again, a reconciliation of the past may yet hold hope for the future.
Change in the world of sport gave us a glimpse of a new world order at the Beijing Olympics, and a return to the dominance of the US in the Ryder Cup.
February saw me chase Sussex shorelines, and run through rain and desert landscapes in Spain, before returning to the wintriest weather seen in England for two decades or more.
After blizzards came a Snow Patrol concert, and a pure nostalgia-fest from Radio Luxembourg — the most popular post of the year.
I ran beside Shakespeare’s Avon from winter into spring, and then before a long summer break, I explored the extended impact of the economic crisis on the energy market, as well as wider concerns about peak oil ahead.
Across the twelve months ahead, I’ll continue my Cuba series, and fill in some footsteps left this year without write of passage. You can expect to return to Houston, to run by the lake in Geneva, and to climb the Chalk downs with Tennyson.
195. The arc of history – USA election 2008
211. The price of oil: 4 – a rising road ahead
208. Radio Luxembourg
189. Olympic laurels 2 – Beijing 2008
202. A snowy sunset on St Martha’s Hill
204. Sand, storm and shingle – from Rye to the sea
197. The Hog’s Back Road Race, Guildford 2008 – It’s All About the Hill
193. Through the Gherkin’s glass darkly – nightfall and fear in the City of London