I thought I would try a 2008 retrospective, this is by no means a comprehensive list I am after all new to this blogging thing - so for what it's worth here's what comes to mind, and remember it's only my opinion, a random stream of consciousness, and if challenged I will not stand by any of these assertions:
Most accident prone politician:
Winner: Blunder Woman - Jacqui Smith; the woman who lost everything, and threatens to take every liberty we enjoy
Runner up: David Cameron; who wants us to entrust our country to him, but can't even look after his own possessions - namely attach his bicycle to, well - anything
Most terrifying political wannabe:
Winner: Sarah Palin; the thought of this gun totin, folksy, 'mavericky', right wing religious nutter taking control of anything larger than a BB gun terrified me for months
Runner up: Tina Fey; the Saturday Night Live comedian and impressionist for her astonishing potrayal of Sarah Palin, which in no small part helped the voters of the USA see Sarah Palin for what she was - and made us all smile at the same time
Worst song of the year:
Winner: The Ting Ting's 'That's Not My Name', a song that won by far - easily the most annoying and persistant plastic pop song in decades
Runner up: Anything by Scouting for Girls
Best album of the year:
Winner: Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
Runner up: Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Honourable mention: Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Biggest waste of money:
Winner: All unaccountable Quangos/NDPB/Agencies
Runner up: The expenses and bonuses of elected (and unelected) officials and public office holders
Honourable mention: The Princess Diana inquiry
Winner: Tom Paine, The Last Ditch - a thoughtful and insightful blog that undoubtedly benefits from the analytical objectivity only an ex-pat can employ
Runner up: The Devil's Kitchen - a terrifying blog that covers an astonishing range of subjects with an informed passion and a rage against the machine that leaves me in awe, and to be honest feeling a little inadequate
Honourable mentions: Old Holborn, Ideas of Civilisation, AMW - thanks...
Worst technological advances:
Winner: Micrsoft Windoze Vista, and Server 2008 - and the missing 2008 SP2, like that would help polish a turd...
Runner up: Despite my love of OSS and Apple hardware the Apple iPhone - "all the parts of the internet are on the iPhone" - yea except Flash and Java (so says the Advertising Standards Authority), and how shit is touch screen?