I was offered four paid roles, (three of which actually approached me), and I turned all of them down! I might perhaps be accused of being too picky, but feel I am right to set standards for which projects I want to be involved with. Increasingly, (and it has been a while now), I realize that in a fiercely competitive industry there is little demand for a sixty-something Granddad who does not have a resume from Warner Brothers. The only serious chance I have of being in front of a camera again is if it's my camera, and my ideas.
In the wider sense, for a man with such a passionate interest in Politics and World Affairs as I, 2022 provided much to engage with. In February, Russia invaded Ukraine, plunging Europe into war again. Russian Leader Vladimir Putin seems to have expected a 'Blitzkrieg' in which he overthrew the Ukrainian regime in a matter of weeks, and installed a puppet Government loyal to his interests. On December 31st, we can safely say that things have not gone entirely according to his plans.
Here at home, we have seen three Prime Ministers, one of whom lasted 45 days and in that time wrought havoc the like of which we haven't seen since Suez. She was replaced by the first British Prime Minister of Asian heritage; a landmark moment even if he is on the wrong side of the fence for me.
We saw the Platinum Jubilee of the only Monarch in my lifetime, and then sadly her passing on September 8th. Whilst not a great Monarchist myself, I have always thought she was a very good Queen, and joined with all those who mourned her loss.
Meanwhile, NASA are reaching for the moon again, and Football saw it's most controversial World Cup become its most successful; just before mourning the loss of Pelé, perhaps the Greatest Player ever to kick a ball.
But for me personally, the absolute highlight of 2022 was a trip with Karen to the beautiful city of Maastricht, where we saw the fabulous André Rieu (pictured), and his Johann Strauss Orchestra in concert. Originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed by the Pandemic, it was worth the wait; and I can only concur with André that our World would be a happier place if more people were making music.
I have now lived to see a few New Years' Days, and I know that it's just another day. A 'New Me' takes more than one revolution on the planet's axis, and you can make a resolution on any day. But it is a time when people look forward with hope once again; and so, whatever your hopes are, I pray they will be fulfilled for you. May you, and your loved ones have a joyous 2023.
Happy New Year!