This New Year I was in a country where parties had been banned out of respect for the dead in the Gaza Strip.

It is not so easy to stop some people from dancing, however.

The locals drew down the blinds, the food was good, the drink flowed and the music played. It was probably the best New Year’s party I have ever had.

I hope this year is going to be like that for many people amidst the economic crisis. People will inevitably shut themselves away, but still manage to have fun.