Happy new year everyone from London where I am about to go to bed a few hours before my American readers will usher in 2005. We gathered as a church and then at a few minutes before midnight turned on the TV to BBC 1. The crouds and hence the whole nation were asked to observe 2 minutes of silence to honor the dead. You could have heard a pin drop anywhere in the land.
Then at midnight a MASSIVE firework display went off and only slightly muted celebrations began. It was as it should have been.