Review of 2013

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WORDS | Blake Antrobus

It’s that time of year when we need to downsize the closet in our room, and rejuvenate our eStudent records. Don’t forget to brace your wallet for the textbooks and readers that you may use once, and then discard like McDonalds Happy Meal toys. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, 2014 has finally arrived, and somehow, our blurred and drunken memories of New Year’s seem sadly anticlimactic.

Whether or not our beer goggles have finally worn off, the memories of those past nights can be easily remembered by looking around the room. It’s only a matter of time now, and they’ll piece together, revealing your drunken mate Andrew rocking out to the tune of ‘Afternoon Delight’, in his Barney the Dinosaur costume. Next, you’ll see him waking up on the floor, blinking like a dazed cat, and suddenly realising that it isn’t water covering his suit…

I wish I could say that this was everyone’s case: partying to the point of no return in the morning. Some of us, however, choose to reflect on the year that has just past, sober, and take the opportunity to prepare for the new one. After all, T.S. Eliot said so himself, “for last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice”. We may have already covered New Year resolutions in here (p.32-34), but looking back on what’s been said and done in 2013, is something we here, at Grapeshot, encourage, and even endorse.

Indeed, what a year we have been through together – Miley did her ‘thing’ at the MTV awards night, Godzilla, hypothetically, levelled Boston, North Korea had its Cuban Missile Crisis, Snowden successfully trolled the NSA in a major security leak operation, and, to add insult to injury, the U.S. government had major turbulence with its health care reform and shutdowns, making it a bad year for Obama.
Not all of it, though, has been doom and gloom in the international picture. After all, we’ve seen the election of the new Pope Francis, making sweeping changes to the organisation of the Church. We’ve also seen the major help operations in the Philippines after natural disasters devastated the region.

Then there’s our local scale, where we’ve seen mixtures of tragedy, and comedy in our escapades. Thomas Kelly will forever be in our hearts, after his death at the hands of a coward-hit sparked major crackdown on alcohol. We saw flames and floods in Victoria and Queensland respectively, and all jumped in to help face the danger. Then, as the cherry on top for a great year, we saw Tony Abbott rise to the throne as the new Dark Overlord of the New World Order (okay, we know this isn’t true, but considering that we loved and hated Rudd, it was bound to happen).

But what about living in the present moment, now? Digging up ancient history is nice and all, yet we should be focusing on our future achievements and successes! Maybe some of us would like to see Kim Jong-un duke it out with Bush in the middle of the desert, or find out that the Dalai Lama was a Jedi knight the whole time. The Onion may well be ‘America’s finest news source’ for a good reason (taking the piss). Naturally, we may never see some of these things happen, but it’s always fun to make joke hypotheses at the expense of personal integrity.

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