On 28 December 2007 I published my “Eight for 2008” in response to another blogger’s challenge. The idea of the aforementioned viral meme was “to list eight things you’d like to see happen in 2008”.
Now that 2008 is over, let’s look back and see how many of my eight came about:
1. A democratic Pakistan
Preferably combined with “Mr.” Pervez Musharraf getting his come-uppance as quickly as possible.
Things are not 100% hunky dory in Pakistan, but democracy has clearly returned and we no longer have Prez Pervez. That’s 1 out of 1 so far.
2. Global financial meltdown is avoided
I confess to feeling decidedly nervous about how well world financial markets will handle the continuing reverberations sparked off by the sub-prime mortgage debacle in the US. A soft landing can only be achieved if the key institutions follow the right policies. If they get it wrong we could all be in for a very rough ride.
Groan …. 1 out of 2.
3. The Arab world takes a lead by recognising Israel unilaterally
Unlikely, I know, but such a bold move would lead to peace quickly because it would send Hamas and other hard-liners a signal that their campaign to remove Israel in toto no longer had widespread sympathy throughout the arab world. The game would be up for them and a settled peace would quickly follow, including the creation of a Palestinian state.
Well they should have listened to me. We could well have done with Hamas getting the rug pulled from under them last year. If that had happened we wouldn’t be seeing what’s happening in Gaza right now.
It’s not too late, Arab states, disown those Hamas thugs now! 1 out of 3.
4. Either the Blu-ray or HD-DVD camp win the format war.
I don’t mind which, but a winner needs to emerge quickly lest it prove to be a pyrrhic victory and consumers will lose out too.
Blu-ray won, but proceeded to try to milk their hard won monopoly by keeping prices high so market penetration has been very weak. I think it was a pyrrhic victory. With increasing broadband speeds, users will be turning to Internet downloads for their HD content. Still, it’s 2 out of 4.
5. Jesse James snoozie movie misses out at the Oscars
I’m referring to “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”. It’s hard enough to stay awake through the title, never mind the film.
And indeed after missing out at the Baftas and the Golden Globes, it failed to collect an Academy Award. 3 out of 5.
6. Lewis Hamilton is F1 World Champion 2008
A great guy as well as a great racer. The pressure got to him right at the death this year. But he’s still very young. He’ll toughen up.
Boy, did he leave it late! But heck, it was an exciting way to win and who said F1 was boring! 4 out of 6.
7. Jethro Tull revive “A Passion Play” and take it on tour
The world may just about be ready for it now.
Jethro who? Duh … 4 out of 7.
8. Sheffield Wednesday beat Preston on 1st Jan.
That would be a great start to 2008.
They did, although they made extremely heavy weather of it and the football was unspeakable. Still, it’s 5 out of 8. Not bad all told.
A bonus 9th might be Microsoft apologising to the entire world for Vista.
That was never going to happen, but I’d take a well-received Windows 7 in 2009 as a good way to make amends. As I’ve recently observed, Vista these days works just fine and there are reasons to be optimistic that Windows 7 will be a hit.