Last Day (of 2011 that is)

In a little over nine hours those of us in Alberta Canada will be entering the year 2012 BCE. As some countries have already celebrated the new year, and even though it's unlikely any of them will be reading this I'd still like to wish them all the best.

This blog has been in existence for a couple of weeks, and so far has gone through a couple of name changes.  Now that I've finally settled on the name of the silly thing, maybe I can get on with it.

2011 has been a year with many changes (both good and bad). Edmonton's murder rate is currently sitting at forty-six, which in a city of just around one million is pretty high, especially when you consider that Calgary's is under a quarter that. Other than this rather disturbing fact however the world has seen a number share of tragedies, and triumphs. According to CBC there have been forty-nine notable world deaths in 2011.

Their article doesn't go into a lot of detail of how they determined how someone was important, but my opinion is somewhat different and I've cut the list down to twenty-seven: Anwar al-Awlaki (al-Qaeda recruiter), Osama bin Laden (leader of al-Qaeda), Joe Bodolai (Canadian comedy writer), Frank Buckles (Last WWI veteran from United States), Warren Christopher (U. S. envoy), Clarence Clemons (Saxophonist with E-Street Band), Betty Driver (British actress), Ryan Dunn (American actor), Peter Falk (American actor 'Columbo'), Geraldine Ferraro (American politician), Moammar Gadhafi (Ruler of Libya), Mark Haines (News anchor), Vaclav Havel (Leader of Czechoslovakia), Christopher Hitchens (Author), Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple Computers), Kim Jong-Il (Leadr of North Korea), Sidney Lumet (American director), Wangari Maathai (1st African Nobel Peace Prize winner), Peter Postlethwaite (British actor), Burhanuddin Rabbani (Former Afghan president), Dennis Ritchie (Creator of C programming language), Andy Rooney (News commentator), Jane Russell (American actress), Ken Russell (British director), Elizabeth Taylor (American actress), Nancy Wake (Australian WWII spy), Dan Wheldon (Indy car driver), and Andy Whitfield (Australian actor).  Yes I know I'm biased as the various sports stars, some singers, etc. aren't included but that's how I see it.

Well that's pretty much it for me from 2011. Hopefully I'll be able to post more regularly in 2012 (or at least that's the plan).



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