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Some Reasons Why 2016 Was Not All Shit

So my Facebook feed and my blog roll are full of posts and memes and laments about how awful 2016 has been for us all. For the record I don’t disagree, it has been pretty intense hasn’t it? Fucking Zika and Brexit and other strange words that would have meant far less to us twelve months ago. With the impending doom that may  be the Trump presidency and the constant revolving door of iconic celebrity death, it will be hard to reminisce about the good times of 2016.

 A lot of it was bloody horrific. Bastille Day, Syria, Brussels.

 Most of it was shocking. Brexit, Trump, Bowie.

 And some of it seemed so intense in the moment. So much emotion stirred up by the media and our daily frustrations.

 Did you even remember that fucking gorilla until I just said it?

For me personally however, 2016 was a good year. It followed hot on the heels of the spectacular shit storm that was 2015, our annus horribilis. This time last year I was pretty glum, pretty stressed and just exhausted. This year I decided to open myself up a bit more to life, to new experiences, to people and to the internet.

Not in a porno way.

I got a bit sick of being in my bubble. I’m still a socially awkward weirdo and crap writer but I feel much more positive about it all. I’m just happier. Good things happened this year – to me, for me and bought about by me. There weren’t any major life changing events that I can tell you about, it was just a good year, one of the better ones you know?

 It’s easy to dwell on all the negative and let it overwhelm you. I’m really good at that. But just because bad things happened,  doesn’t mean that the good ones didn’t. Some great things happened this year for all of us and we shouldn’t just dismiss them because they happened in 2016. So I just wanted to remind you about the awesome things that happened this year, just so you know that in actual fact – it wasn’t all bad.

A Good Year For Endangered Animals

I remember being told as a child that Panda’s would soon be extinct. Due to urban encroachment on their habitats and the loss of their only food source from great bamboo forests,they were an endangered species. However it was announced this year that although they remain a vulnerable animal, they are recovering in numbers due to the huge human effort and involvement to save them over the last 50 years. The numbers of Tigers, Green Turtles and Humpbank Whales are also on the rise!



Someone Famous Showed Us The True Meaning Of Feminism, For Once

Julia Roberts, a talented woman with real class showed us the real meaning of feminism this year. Instead of getting her knockers out in a bathroom like Kim Kardashian and labelling it feminism, just to get attention. Julia’s simple act of defiance by going barefoot on the Cannes red carpet spoke a million words to me. Women, it was declared must wear high heels at Cannes. Fuck that, she said.


Princess Charlotte Sits On A Dog

Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but I just bloody loved it. Probably because it’s the kind of thing that my son would do, except he’s not a Royal Princess so it’s not as funny. Kids just do weird shit don’t they?

SeaWorld Have Stopped Breeding Captive Orcas

SeaWorld announced early in year that they would immediately cease captive breeding and that the current generation of Orcas would be the last. If you haven’t watched Blackfish, go away and watch it now, its so awful but I just had no idea.



I love her. She came back. It was great. Plus she is fucking hilarious and I just like seeing her on stuff. Her Glastonbury set was amazing – watch it here.


The Ozone Layer Is Repairing Itself

Yes for real they announced this year that the hole we all made in the Ozone Layer is shrinking! All because we stopped using dodgy spray chemicals – another 35 years and it should be fixed up completely!


Leo Got His Oscar

Albeit with probably not his best film, but God loves a trier and we can finally stop hearing about it every year!


Ebola Vaccine

They have a vaccine it was announced this year. It’s going through trials but is being fast tracked. How great is that?

Jon Snow Didn’t Die

Oh do you remember the hoo-hah over this? Made me happy though.


Boaty McBoatFace

There was a very serious vote (not that one) to name a polar research ship earlier in the year. The overwhelming vote went for Boaty McBoatface which just makes me giggle. It never happened of course, the popular vote did not win out – sound a bit familiar?

And if you still feel like 2016 was a shit year, watch one of James Corden’s epic Carpool Karaoke’s – it will cheer you up no end.


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  1. This is brilliant – such a good round up of the year. Hang on though, you’re an amazing writer – let’s just nip that in the bud. You always have me laughing – ‘you didn’t even remember the gorilla until i just said it did you?’ is my favourite! I thought Julia Roberts was amazing too and love Adele…secretly hoping I’ll bump into her in Brighton and be do my best at making that situation awkward and embarrassing. Thanks for hosting #stayclassymama x

  2. Let me just say that I love the line, “Just because bad things happened, doesn’t mean that the good ones didn’t.” Who says you are not a good writer? In my opinion, a good writer can relay thought-provoking ideas in a concise manner. Which is exactly what you did!

    Awesome post. (And thanks for sharing the karaoke video. That’s a RIOT!)

  3. I agree,lets hope its a great year for strong women. Bring on 2017.On a boring note , can’t bloody wait for spring x #StayClassyMama

  4. Thanks for pointing out all of the good! I needed that with Mr. T getting ready to sign in the oval. Arghhhh #stayclassymama xoxo

  5. Loved reading this, cheers to this brand new shiny year that will be very not shit! P.S I happen to adore the way you right (: SO there! #stayclassymama

  6. It’s nice to remember the good bits of 2016 after all the crap! Here’s to a better 2017! #stayclassymama

  7. A brilliant perspective! Not all things were bad but it’s always the shit ones we remember. Thanks for reminding me of a few good ones #ablogginggoodtime

  8. Hah – brilliant! And, er, a ‘crap writer’ you ARE NOT! I gotta share this one around a bit.

    1. Sarah Aslett says:

      thank you but I’m not so sure hehe x

  9. oh I LOVED this post! Awesome news YAY! That carpool Karaoke was frickin’ hilarious #stayclassymama

  10. Hooray for Carpool Karaoke indeed! This is a fab post, thank you for being cheerful amongst all the crap. Glad 2016 was a good year for you!

  11. Not in a porno way..haha. I for the record think you are neither a socially awkward weirdo or a crap writer. You look like you may even also understand what a colon is for. The dotty one not the organ. I needed this post..I had a shit storm of a its nice to see some positive bits..I have kicked the door shut on last year and endeavour to enjoy the next with no flood, plague or pestilence! xx#stayclassymama

  12. Haha! Love this! You are right. 2016 was not all bad! Thank you for reminding me!

  13. Hahaha I LOVE this!!!! Boaty Mcboat face just made me laugh out loud, what a year it was! #stayclassymama

  14. Aaaaaaaand Iove you…and this…and Jon Snow!


  15. What I great look back on 2016! I think the year was just fine, but some crummy stuff happened to happen. Social media often focuses more on the negative than the positive. I try to do the opposite in my tiny slice of the online social world. I’m going to share this right now so others can read it and reflect on the good days of 2016!

  16. Love this – 2016 wasn’t all bad! Boaty McBoatface though…… thats a corker #stayclassymama

  17. Love this. I wrote something similar this week, but with a bit more of a US slant. Every year is going to have its ups and downs, its called life. #stayclassy

  18. YES! I love this! So many people have moaned about 2016, yet some amazing things have happened!


  19. I try to avoid the news as much as possible, mainly because it is so negative and depressing. But by doing so, I also missed out on most of this good stuff too. Nice to see a positive post about 2016 amongst all the negative. Happy New Year! #StayClassyMama

  20. Yes! It’s so nice to see some positive stories about 2016 for once. Pandas, orcas and Boaty McBoatface – see, it wasn’t ALL grim. #StayClassyMama

  21. This is a really, really good post. I loved it!!! Car pool karoke was an absolute revelation and I cannot articulate the love I have for Leo Di Caps. He’s the ultimate (after Tom Hardy though). #stayclassy

  22. I think you should do the news from now on? Can we have a weekly news update?
    Car pool karaoke was probably in my top 10 moments of 2016 too! #stayclassymama

  23. god i love leonardo di caprio. thats enough 2016 for me. #stayclassymama

  24. Just loved Boaty McBoatFace. It made me smile through a bit chunk of 2016. You are right, it was not all bad. And the world will survive despite of Trump, Brexit and the rest. 2017 might still be a rough ride, but then I just look at cute panda videos. #stayclassymama

  25. Such a good recap of some of the good stuff….some of it I didn’t even know because we’re all suffocated by the shit stuff that’s going on. Horah for the Pandas and the ozone layer! X

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