The headlines make pretty grim reading. Britain seems to be mostly underwater, the threat of Islamic terrorism prevails, an evil universe version of a Sesame Street character is alarmingly close to the most powerful office in the world and it's getting nearer to the time of the year when it feels a bit weird to watch Christmas specials.
Instead of turning into some sort of British birther movement the job of Labour activists, and our leaders, is to win the argument, to strongly oppose and set out clear, positive alternatives. If Labour does that there will be no need to come up with theories.
Forty years ago this week, hapless newbie ghost Fred Mumford teleported himself into a dustbin, marking the start of Rentaghost. First broadcast on Tuesday 6 January 1976, it became a staple of '70s/80s UK children's TV.
Professor Jean Pierre Tourtier, Chief Medic of the Paris Fire Brigade, had never spoken in public about the aftermath of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. His precise descriptions of what he saw had a barely-suppressed intensity that took me by surprise: "The first thing I remember, even before I entered the Charlie Hebdo office - was the smell. A smell that was a mix of gunpowder and blood - that metallic smell of blood. Then I saw a pile of bodies. And someone at the back of the meeting room said - in a voice that was almost gentle - 'Monsieur, s'il vous plaît, aidez-moi'."
Here at the Royal Institution (Ri), we created the Christmas lectures to bring science alive in the minds of young people, and they have proved popular with audiences of all ages since they began in 1825. The lectures give young people a taste of the excitement and importance of science.
The attack shocked the nation but it gave the military the popular backing to intensify its operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the Northwest of the country - and while the infrastructure of the militant group was hit hard, the possibility of future attacks is still there.
Yuletide nostalgia from the BBC - Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart returns on Christmas Day with a special edition of Junior Choice. I remember this well - the only programme that would escape my parents' beeline for the off switch in the mid-70s, when shared frequencies meant accidental exposure to Radio 1.
British tennis is not a world force by any stretch of the imagination and yet Andy Murray lifted the entire nation to become Davis Cup champions. They say no one man wins a team event, but Murray surely tested that theory to the limit. Murray deserves the crown, but he is not the tennis champion that has been overlooked...
The interviews episode is always the best. Bear traps are laid, and the unwitting candidates fall into them. Every year without fail there's a numpty who believes the little lie about graduating from Cambridge/getting Highly Commended in Grade 4 Ballet/discovering the Higgs Boson won't be found out.
I believe in free speech and uphold Fury's right to say what he wants. I am less supportive of a public-funded body who choose to reinforce hate-filled views via an awards nomination but I am glad I have a right to respond.
Is there not more to talk about? Look, obviously what he said was moronic and derogatory. But he's a boxer, for God's sake. The man is paid to get into fights. Should we have expected him, having won his title, to deliver an ode on the importance of societal peace and harmony?
We really shouldn't be surprised at how the BBC has ignored the opinions of over 135,000 people who want the Boxer Tyson Fury removed from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.
The BBC must remove Fury from the shortlist, and make a statement that it does not agree with his views. Saying his shortlisting is 'not an endorsement of his views' is simply not enough. Thus far the BBC have refused, despite growing public debate, to even acknowledge they might have a problem. If we can't acknowledge the problem we can't even begin to work on the solution.
So don't worry about Tyson Fury. He's an unreconstructed moron whose opinions count for nothing. And if you think I'd say any of this to his face, you must be out of your mind.
Tyson Fury's nomination for BBC Sports Personality of The Year has caused a media frenzy over the decision to nominate a man with such outdated views on gays, women and abortion, and rightly so. As much as it should be all about the sporting achievement, it has to be said that whoever wins this accolade will have an enormous influence over any young people who may have chosen to follow in their footsteps, whether they like it or not.
Last week The BBC Trust finally announced that they were going to move BBC Three to an online only channel. Whilst I understand why they made the decision to try and save money and move with the times, I feel like they are making a huge mistake.