Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2021

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
This year I'm breaking my own record for reporting about LAST year: I don't think I've ever been quite this late. Ouch. If I continue like this, it'll become so bad that I will have to promise that next year, my musings on 2022 will be on-line before February starts...

Once again I wrote a lot less in 2021 than in the years before. I never even had time to write a Pretty Packaging article, a big regret as there were some good sets which had warranted one. But much happened in 2021 on many fronts. Film, private, day-time job... everything was impacted and at my age it seems everything only goes faster. But even with that, it seemed like much of it happened in the last month. Many of my musings will be pretty recent in nature, as the articles they refer to will only have been published in the last few weeks.

Anyway, without further ado here is my gallery of musings about 2021. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through all bullets, and I hope you have fun with at least some of them!

When the Elephant in the Room Mutated

Last year the first bullet in my 2020 overview was about COVID-19, and I ended that by writing "If 2021 brings us anything, let it be hope for light at the end of the tunnel, and please, with millions sick worldwide already, don't let that light be a train rushing towards us with a new, deadlier mutation on board."

Well... we got Delta, and we got Omicron. The lockdown at the beginning of 2021, complete with closed schools and a curfew here in the Netherlands, was brutal but it did give us a nice Summer, and most of Autumn wasn't to bad either. But since the end of November? Brrrrr... back into lockdown again.

Let's hope we get a little break, and that science will have us discover a few extra solutions.

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