On my mind

Llanelli Star - - Letters - With Gra­ham Davies

NEW Year gives us an­other op­por­tu­nity to re­peat the habits of the past and the fail­ings of a life­time.

Since that tends to hap­pen for me on an an­nual ba­sis I al­ways stay up, not to greet the new year but to make sure the old one leaves.

Af­ter all, it’s been a year since I didn’t be­come a bet­ter per­son.

I no longer do new year res­o­lu­tions, but I am fas­ci­nated by prophe­cies which come from a va­ri­ety of sources – the weird, the mys­ti­cal, the re­li­gious and the con­spir­acy the­o­rists.

So I plunged into the murky world of div­ina­tion, apoca­lypse and omen only to find it to be brim­ming with har­bin­gers of doom fore­telling cat­a­clysm and catas­tro­phe for 2019.

Six­teenth Cen­tury Nostradamu­s, not known for his cheery op­ti­mism, pre­dicts nu­clear ter­ror­ism and the out­break of World War Three start­ing in France, as well as the fact that pigs will be­come broth­ers and sis­ters to men and women.

The so-called Nostradamu­s of the Balkans, Baba Vanga, who it is claimed fore­saw 9/11, and the rise of ISIS, pre­dicted that China would over­take the US as a su­per­power, Putin could be as­sas­si­nated and “a new form of en­ergy” will be dis­cov­ered on the planet Venus.

Add to that the peren­nial mantras about the Il­lu­mi­nati, the New World Or­der, the Anti-Christ and the de­struc­tion of the Earth from Planet X. . . but then an ex­tremely se­nior mo­ment: these were the pre­dic­tions for 2018!

They did not hap­pen and I was still here. Phew!

Was it not Stubb in Moby Dick who said: “I know not all that may be com­ing, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laugh­ing”? I’ll take that and look for­ward to a whale of a time in 2019.

■ Fol­low Gra­ham in 2019 on Twit­[email protected] GeeTDee

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