1. Celebrity Big Brother is coming up fast on the rails, and Phil wishes that Tommy Sheridan doesn’t go into the house. I must admit, though rationally I can see that Tommy’s participation would be damaging for the left, I sort of hope that he does, just so I have an excuse to use That Picture again. What concerns me more is the persistent rumour that top glamour girl and friend of this blog Lucy Pinder may be going into the house. If Tommy goes in, I’ll just shake my head, but if Lucy does – I’ll be very disappointed in you, my lass.
2. Hollywood to finally get around to filming The Stainless Steel Rat, after the rights being passed from studio to studio for decades. Of course, you would need the right actor to play Slippery Jim. I suggest that, though he may be expensive, Clooney in his charming rogue mode would be ideal.
3. Foreign troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan. And not to be sent anywhere else. I may as well add in that I’d like to see Irish troops brought back from Chad and Kosovo.
4. Mark Kermode to take over Film 2009. Yes, Jonathan Ross knows his movies and has real enthusiasm for the subject, but don’t say you haven’t noticed the lack of sharp criticism. And why be surprised – Ross may find it hard to pan Guy Ritchie if he’s hoping to get Ritchie on his Friday night chat show, his radio show or one of his many other projects. You really can’t go far wrong with a specialist critic, and Mark is as sharp a one as you’ll get.
5. Rambo Amadeus to announce tour dates that fit in with my travel schedule.
6. Battlestar Galactica to get as good an ending as it deserves.
7. A second defeat for the Lisbon Treaty in the repeat referendum. And, on a similar theme, Sergei Stanishev to grow a backbone and tell Barroso where to get off.
8. A revival of working-class struggle in Europe, with Greece in the forefront.
9. And, on a slightly less realistic note, Marvel to relaunch Power Man & Iron Fist. Hey, you gotta dream…
I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you have any wishes you expect to see disappointed in the coming year, feel free to join in. Auld Lang Syne and all that to all readers.