One can solely think about what the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant was pondering when he sat down to jot down the English-language lyrics for the Welsh melody Nos Galan. The end result was the carol Deck the Halls and, because the calendar clicks over, it’s acceptable to mirror on a yr which had greater than its justifiable share of fa la la la la, la la la la.
The brand new yr is a time for resolutions, for private contracts drawn up between our exhausted, bloated current and the promising future. Consider the longer term as an Instagram filter, neatly framed to maintain the ciggies out of shot, and color graded to raise the pallid, turkey-stuffed complexion to one thing extra carefully resembling burnt sienna.
Not all of us will come to such decision with ease, nonetheless. So it’s not with out cause that we glance deep into the lives of different, extra well-known folks, and provide these New 12 months’s Resolutions within the hope that their higher lives will lead to higher lives for us all.
Kevin Spacey: to go away and keep away. (No, actually, go.)
It nearly beggars perception that this needs to be stated out loud. This week the disgraced actor used what could transform his single shot at a return engagement to submit to social media a correctly creepy video wherein he, in his greatest Frank Underwood voice, appeared to awkwardly tread by means of the minefield that’s his historical past of sexual misbehaviour.
Donald Trump: to cease, to only cease. (No, please, simply cease.)