Hello, and welcome to the final edition of yet another rollercoaster of a year which had turbulence and peace in equal measure. I say peace whilst trusting its meaning in this context is taken with a pinch of salt, especially if you paid attention to the news all year.
We have had box-office-smashing entertainment from Black Panther to a royal first with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tying the knot. With Hollywood never being far from both glitz and controversy, this year’s #MeToo campaign shone the light more on the controversial side. Legendary celebrities like Bill Cosby were embroiled in sexual assault convictions. Although many still question why no white suspects like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein are still not behind bars. Experience tells me we will be waiting for the answers until the next lifetime.
Yes, the big elephant in the room is, Brexit. It is fair to say that the far-right’s Brexit dream is dead. The fantasy of the bigots who believed the lies of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage about Europe, is remaining just that: a fantasy. The impending reality we are faced with is Theresa May not delivering the deal long-hoped for by the public. With her refusal for a #FinalSay referendum on Brexit, she has arguably missed the whole point about Europe and is trying to mirror Margaret Thatcher’s sternness. Now although Thatcher did warn against Brussels imposing ‘socialism through the back door’, she did not once suggest leaving the EU. Woe to us all, indeed.
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s feud leads the way in the biggest spats of 2018. Not far behind is Wiley’s war against Dizzee Rascal and Skepta (in this edition). For LGBT, this year has been quite something, as Janelle Monae came out as pansexual, with plenty other celebrities revealing their sexuality. Scotland has become the first country to compulsory teach LGBT education in its schools.
Lewis Hamilton’s sensational F1 season tops the sports news this year. The five-time World champion is now arguably the best driver of his generation. In Manchester, there is a collaboration between the leading women’s basketball team Manchester Mystics and Manchester Metropolitan (MMU). The partnership will help shape the future of basketball in the city. Some students within the city are excelling in their respective sports and on course to make it to the next Olympics.
As always, we have plenty more stories for you to tuck into this festive season. For those still daunted by the prospect of preparing Christmas dinner, we have just the thing to make that anxiety disappear. Head over to Page 8 for more on that. From business, entertainment, books and current affairs, we have packed this edition with enough stories to make you think, laugh, question and smile.
This Christmas try to be as charitable or even surpass your charity from the previous year. In Manchester, Lemn Sissay set up The Christmas Dinner for young care leavers since 2013 and is still going strong. The Piccadilly Gardens Homeless Feed will be stepping up to this call to aid by providing hot food and drink plus Christmas presents this month.
Here’s hoping we all step into 2019 with a little less prejudice and a lot more tolerance for one another. I would like to wish you, on behalf of TNT, a very warm and merry Christmas and most prosperous new year.
Until 2019, take care and Merry Christmas!