2012 has been our year. Great Britain is once again GREAT. We had a party every month celebrating something or other. It was once again acceptable to fly a Union Jack from your house without looking like a member of the BNP. It was glorious; there was bunting. Across the globe, people were wishing they were us. But they couldn’t be us. Us few 60 million. We are the chosen people of 2012. Bask in our glory, world. BASK IN IT!
But there were 5 people who excelled just that little bit more than others this year. And they need to be appreciated.
(Though I am warning you, there are no athletes on this list. Because that would mean I would have to choose, and that is a decision I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, have on my conscience. Let the BBC Sports Personality of the Year deal with it.)
1. Claire Balding
This woman is now a national treasure after some truly amazing commentary at the Olympics (I knew they’d get a mention somewhere.) The Americans got stupid Ryan Seacrest ‘photobombing’ people. Claire Balding is much too dignified for that shit. She had her highlighters and her stack of notes and she just GOT ON WITH IT. As is the British way. Bravo, Balding! (And she invented the Mobot, which is just genius.)
2. Charles Dickens
This year, big Charlie D turned 200. And we never heard the end of it. He’s been dead for about 150 years but he was given a whole YEAR of celebrations because he was an utter pro at telling amazing stories. As it should be.
3. Pippa Middleton
She has a nice bum. That’s about it. Oh! and she has recently released a book with helpful tips on hosting dinner parties and other insightful thoughts- such as, ‘There is something very British about tea.’ I think we may have a genius on our hands, guys.
4. Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Unborn Child
SQUEE. I think I was with everyone when I did a little jig of glee when I found out there was a royal bun in the royal oven. (Kate would have been on this list in her own right, but frankly, I think she needs a rest.)
5. The Dowager Countess of Grantham
SHE IS SO ENGLISH AND EVERYONE LOVES HER AND OHMYGOD DO I EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN!?
I didn’t even know I was that passionate about Dowton Abbey….
Ps. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!