Huzzah! The Great New Zealand Slow-down is upon us once again, which means this is the last StopPress newsletter of the year. And what a year it’s been. There was plenty of RWC excitement/enthralling RWC brinkmanship, an array of gripping PR disasters, a host of amazing award-winning campaigns, many terrible, non-award-winning campaigns, some good old fashioned stoushes, a fair bit of interest/controversy over some very large pitches, unrelenting consumer and media evolution and, as per usual, no shortage of ship-jumping and big recruitment announcements. And we–and you news-hungry marcomms beasts—wouldn’t want it any other way. StopPress has continued to grow steadily since it was launched in 2009 and we’ve added a few new strings to our bow this year (progress never sleeps, of course, so we’ve got a few more irons in the fire for 2012). Thanks to the team, our readers, our sponsors, our contributors, our advertisers and, yes, even our anonymous commentators. We couldn’t do it without you (well, we could, but it would be pretty average). We’ll be back on deck with our first newsletter on January 17 and inbetween sausages we’ll try and put up a few nuggets on the website. So, until next year, may your turduckens be moist this Christmas.