As 2008 races towards us faster than an over-indulgent party reveller to the big white telephone, it’s time to take stock of the year just gone. My 2007 new year resolution was to lose a stone in 3 months. For non-British readers that is 14 pounds, or 6.35029318 kilos.
I’ve always been a slow starter but I can be a determined sod, and I finally made my target on 23 December 2007 after watching a weight chart that was broadly directly proportional to the Dow Jones and FTSE indices. I am still surprised I actually made it at all, but a bigger surprise this year was the discovery of a new wine. Not because it was a discovery to anyone but me, simply that I was the last person on earth to encounter it. The wine is known by many as Gru Vee and I thought I’d close this year on a decent, inexpensive example of the genre.