I try and avoid politics on this blog (as it leads to flames which are best left in fire places) but can't ignore the news from Pakistan.
Having visited Karachi in the autumn I've followed with interest what happens in this turbulent land, and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto is a tragedy not just for her family but the country.
There was mixed views from those I talked to about her - some attended the welcome back rally (where those bombs killed so many) while others remembered how she left under a cloud of corruption.
But all will have been appalled by this outrageous act of violence. Where will Pakistan go in 2008? What will happen to the elections?
They are entering turbulent times and can only hope they all weather it to calmer water in 2008.