Last day of the year and the time for a bit of a look back and silliness. What event has been the major factor in how 2009 was for you? For those who were/are on ops then it may be around that, but others it may be birth of their child, marriage/divorce, promotion or even demotion, joining/leaving the army; whatever was a major factor in your life. For me 2009 had two major events, firstly I retired (today officially) and became one of the poor pensioners (can someone tell me how to claim all those lovely benefits that chavs seem to get?) and secondly a major event for me was stopping drinking alcohol. This will be my first sober New Year in many a long time. After more than 40 years propping up the bar/ brewery/ treasury I have had to stop. No big dramas (now) and I am enjoying life without hangovers So lets hear your big event.