Lest you think 2008 was only about the crunch, let us remind ourselves that a little bit of life also took place. The shocks of birth, the perils of street crossing, the truth about tipping, and an safe way to rebel. Against your sat nav.
The New York Daily News reports that disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind an alleged $50bn fraud, could end up falling back on an insanity defense in order to avoid jail time.
Associated Press reports that the brother of Thierry de la Villehuchet, the financier who is thought to have killed himself earlier this week due to the fact that he had monies invested with Bernie Madoff, has said that his sibling indeed had 'several tens of millions' with the alleged fraudster.
Reader-Writer Billy No Box wins the award as our most prolific HITW. We give you a selection from him, as well as a bit from The Properlys, HITC Life's Etiquette Team. May we never stray from good manners again (regardless of our bonus).
'2008 has been a difficult year for most of us in the financial markets industry, but my year really takes the biscuit. In fact, I've come to believe that I'm the unluckiest banker alive.
Here's the latest missive from our Highly Placed Professional.
This year saw the entry of a few new reader-writers who have made our lives better. Square Mylo, Sonny Blue and MrSMartinPants. Funny, why don't they write under their real names? Perhaps because they're giving us the Real Deal.
Here's the results of our 2008 'Bonus Satisfaction' poll. (We didn't bother to ask our readers, as we knew what your responses would be).
And who said that there'll be no Santa Claus this year - as least there is as far as former Merrill Lynch executive Peter Kraus is concerned. He'll surely remember 2008 as a hell of a year!
Here's an early list of those who are thought to have lost out in Bernard Madoff's alleged $50bn scam.
Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a terrible start to the season, with Mauricio Pochettino's side struggling for form.
Liverpool goalkeeper is back in training.
The Liverpool loanee is plotting a long-term future on Merseyside it seems.
Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos could feature for Unai Emery's side on Monday evening, but he struggled over the international break.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka helped Switzerland to a much-needed and important win against the Republic of Ireland last night.
The Celtic-owned goalkeeper is getting a bit of stick from some of his own fans today.
Phil Parkinson and Gareth Ainsworth are now Sunderland's two options with the League One outfit moving away from Nigel Pearson and Paul Cook.
The Liverpool centre-back has returned to full training.
Rangers jumped ahead of rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table prior to the international break.
The Leeds United striker is a divisive figure among fans.