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January 1st to 5th 2001
MONDAY JANUARY 01
Some financial pundits are predicting a wobbly year ahead. Over the next few days, I will be releasing my own forecast for 2001 but I'll tell you this much now. The "big economic slowdown" will not be as big as they think. I say this in full appreciation of the fact that, if you want to cause a recession, all you have to do is start talking about one. Though self-fulfilling prophecies are now being planted, there is a limit to the damage these can do. The planets, in 2001, promise rare, exciting reasons to expect growth and expansion.
TUESDAY JANUARY 02
Peace on earth
If you have been watching the news over the holiday, you can be forgiven for fearing that the prospect of peace on earth looks as far away as ever. 2001 will not be totally tension free. As individuals and as nations, many humans will still manage to remain aggressively defensive, cruelly selfish - and unwilling to forgive one another for past trespasses. New on the horizon this year though, is a natural, powerful, contagious "consciousness shift". Many more people than ever before will soon be actively seeking wiser ways to live in harmony with their fellow beings.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 03
"Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway." JRR Tolkien was born today, in 1892. I enjoyed reading the Hobbit as a child and I still enjoy reading it now - to my children. The sentence above always strikes me for I find it to be just as true of horoscopes as it is of adventure stories. Easy times are rarely as interesting to write about as challenging ones.
THURSDAY JANUARY 04
Fun and games
During the holiday, I taught my eight year old son to play Scrabble. After he won his very first game he felt so confident that he challenged the rest of the family to a match. When someone got a fifty point bonus for a seven letter word, my boy stormed out - near to tears. I went to cheer him up. "Come back and play," I whispered. "I bet you five pounds that you can still win." He came back to the board and on his very next go, he put the Q on a triple in a word that scored double. Moments later though, he was sad again. "What's the problem now?" I asked. "I really wanted to earn that fiver," he said, morosely!
FRIDAY JANUARY 05
British General Election
Several people have asked if I would care to predict the date and outcome of the next British General Election. That's tricky. The outcome is likely to depend on the date. The date, as far as I know, has not yet been chosen. If I say anything, I may subtly influence someone somewhere; either to follow my suggestion or to avoid following it. Then again, why should I care? I do not work - or want to work for any political party. I see it as vital to be impartial and objective. But if Mr Blair DID have an astrologer, he would almost certainly be advised to pick April 26 for the best chance of success.
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