"If I ruled the world..."
Look at us! We’ve got a world-wide audience and the chance to say something profound and heart-warming at Christmas. Here, in Britain, the Queen talks to the nation on television on Christmas Day. In the Vatican City, the Pope sends a message of peace and goodwill to the world. Here’s our big chance, Federico, to do the same. What would you like to say to the world at Christmas?
Me? I find it much too easy to become very sentimental at Christmas. I have worked in very many countries around the world. Some of them – the USSR and Yugoslavia, for example – are no longer even countries. I have met and worked with so many wonderful, hard-working and thoroughly decent people, courtesy of The British Council and the BBC, and other employers, too. Many of these people have lived and worked under very difficult political, social and economic conditions. It has been a great privilege for me. Just like it is a privilege to have been your teacher blogger this month. This is a truly democratic medium – the Internet, I mean – and it has allowed you and me not only to ‘talk’ to each other but also for our many fantastic readers to communicate with us, via the BBC, too.
How lucky are we?
Federico, I want to wish you, your family and all your friends and colleagues a very happy Christmas and a successful, healthy and peaceful 2007.
We’ re still partying here so I will sign off now and write a longer (proper!) blog later, with photos of Christmas dinner and more about what’s happening in our little corner of the world.
All the very best,
STEPHEN (and Lucy)
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