Just a very quick note to wish you all a happy new year - a year which for superstitious reasons I will exclusively be referring to as "this year", rather than using some arbitrary number that even the Pope recognises has no basis whatever in historical fact. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Furthermore, please note that it's still 2005 in Ethiopia.
Although the referendum is still the best part of two years away, we'll also have to get used to calling it "next year's independence referendum"!
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Best tweet of the year so far, from Mark Graham -
"Fear & doubt! What about Eastenders? You hate England! Predict the future now! Couldnae, wouldnae, shouldnae! #TweetLikeAUnionist #indyref"