The column so far this issue has been a bit down in the mouth and that is no way to end my last contribution for the year. Christmas is just around the corner now and whatever one’s persuasion I think we all like a bit of Christmas with its spend, spend, spend attitude and the sparkle it brings to our deep, dark midwinter.

And after the tumult of recent world events - both man-made and ‘natural disasters’ - one hopes for some proverbial peace and goodwill amid all the partying.

I hope yours is a cracker.