I fell down the deep, dark internet rabbit hole of gazing at seemingly endless photographs of Kate Middleton's outfits. And who could blame me, really? The woman's mix of high end fashion and chain store bargains is something to be marvelled at... But here's where the real problem lies: I'm an Australian republican.
As Kate and Wills' supernanny starts her first week on the job, I'm posting these tips for her in the likely knowledge that she already has things pretty much Shipshape and Bristol fashion round at Kensington Palace. After all, that's what the best nannies are for -- they organise not only the children, but the family into the bargain.
It must take some time to get up to speed, from a standing start, with a hatred that has been cultivated over generations. A foreigner, for example, could not turn up in Gaza and expect to experience immediately the ingrained enmity - passed down from parents to children, marinated in an entire culture - a Palestinian feels for an Israeli, no matter how many books he'd read.
It was the year of twerking and selfies, of Royal babies and Wimbledon wins, but befitting its numerals, 2013 also had more than its fair share of tragedy and mourning. As we look towards 2014, with a sense of optimism and hope, cast your mind back to the events and people that defined the passing year... We said goodbye this year to Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher, as well as Lou Reed and Iain Banks, but hello to Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge and the future face of the British monarchy. Happy 2014 all; let's hope it's a positive one.