Throughout the past year events have been taking unexpected twists and turns. Let’s recap.
Britain has voted itself out of the EU and Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad continue to inflict misery in Syria.
The latest chemical attack on civilians outraged the world and sparked a US Tomahawk missile strike on a regime airbase.
Meanwhile Donald J Trump is now President of the United States and he is an emotional man who appears to act impulsively.
Then there’s North Korea pushing ahead with its ballistic missile tests in its suicidal bid to become a nuclear power.
In response Japan has carried out air attack drills and dished out leaflets on what to do should Kim Jong-un’s nukes rain down.