Goodbye 2013…. Greetings 2014.
Happy New Year!!
A new year … a new beginning … another chance to do it all better!!
As a Scot now living in Yorkshire there’s always a pang of nostalgia for me as the bells chime out the old year and welcome in the new.
But never more than this year. They’re calling it Homecoming Scotland 2014, And last night the midnight hour put Scotland on the cusp of what promises to be one of the most momentous years in the recent history of my homeland.
It started with a cascade of fireworks in Edinburgh, Inverness, and throughout Scotland, that launched a year-long programme of more than 400 events and activities to showcase all that is good about the country.
Sadly though, Hogmanay is not a joyous occasion for everyone, and there will be many who are sad at this time, perhaps remembering loved ones no longer with us. But it’s also a time for renewal… new beginnings… And this year is special.
The Commonwealth Games
Come July, sports lovers from all over the world will converge on Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
My family has a personal interest in these games as my nephew, Alan Clyne, who has played (and excelled) at Squash since his earliest days in Inverness, has the supreme honour of representing his country in the sport. How good is that? Congratulations, Alan. We will all be rooting for you – and all the other athletes in Team Scotland!
The ReferendumThe games end on August 3, only weeks before the most politically momentous time for Scotland – The Referendum. On September 18, Scots who are resident in the country will have the opportunity to vote for Independence. I wish I had a vote, and only hope that everyone who has the chance actually does so. The future of Scotland is in their hands. Please…please don’t waste it!
The Ryder Cup
And then…as if that wasn’t enough excitement…a few days later, at Gleneagles, we have golf’s The Ryder Cup!! Yes, I know…The Ryder Cup!!
The icing on the cake would be to have a Scottish player in the European team. Come on, guys, get in there.
To coin a phrase, Scotland will have an embarrassment of riches in 2014. We are blessed.
Once again, ‘Happy New Year’ – and thank you so much to everyone who has visited this blog, especially those of you who took the trouble to leave a comment.
Haste ye back. You will be more than welcome. Rx