Outrageous, extraordinary, astonishing, brilliant?

I was all prepared to write a lovely blog on how Lewis Hamilton is an incredible sportsman and totally deserved to be given the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but had to change my carefully composed plans when his name was read out in the runner-up position. I, to be honest, was astonished. In fairness, Chris Hoy is a more than deserving winner, probably won't have a more astonishing year, it's an Olympic year so it should be an Olympian, and a genuinely nice guy.

January striker transfers

It is that time of year again where football managers delve in to their pockets and pick out who they feel could add a certain reliability or panache to their squad in the January transfer window. With Manchester City's billionaire Arab owners, Abu Dhabi, expecting to provide significant outlay for possible purchases, the blue half of Manchester are anticipated to be the biggest spenders with world stars including AC Milan's Kaka, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Chelsea's John Terry all rumoured to be joining Eastlands.

Eyes on '09

No-one could have predicted the events of 2008, but The Economist's predictions for next year (the world in 2009), got me thinking: what will be the big stories next year? And beyond that, what are the most important stories to me that will be taking place in the coming 12 months?

For me, the biggest story will be taking place almost twelve months from now, in Copenhagen.

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