Two Thousand and Fourteen eh? What the hell was all that about then? Well, I’ll tell you!
It’s been an incredibly schizophrenic year, in which so much seems to have happened, and yet a lot has remained the same… I guess there is only so much change someone can make in the space of a year.
It’s been a year (well, summer) that seems to have been dominated by some very good friends getting married.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy for them, and it’s an amazing excuse to see people who I wouldn’t usually see that often. But there was a couple of months over the summer where where every other weekend was a stag do or Wedding! I mean, there is only so much red table wine I can drink!!
So the first Stag do was my only foreign trip this year. To Krakow, Poland, the week before Easter. A beautiful city, lovely people, and a great place to get to know the Groom’s other friends and family. It was a great few days away, and the wedding was fantastic!
Then through August and September I had a weekend on a canal boat in the Midlands, followed by the wedding in Lord Byron’s Ancestral home, for a best friend from secondary school. It is so good to see my friends so happy!!
Then a fortnight later, a tour of the micro pubs of Thanet and Canterbury staying under canvas, for a best friend from Uni. The latter is easily in the running for THE most drunk I think I have ever been… (a fact I am not proud of)
One more enjoyable ‘big day’ and hungover train journey later and the result of all this over exertion was a real desire to hibernate until the New Year.
January brought the start of an unexpected, and important six months “companioning” with a woman who I’m still very fond of. It was a complicated situation and there was never going to be the long haul, but the time we spent in each others company are some of the happiest memories I’ll take from this year. Over these months I got to know parts of Birmingham I have never been to (and probably unlikely to go back to), we took trips to London, and the Malverns, we ate some great food and had more than our fair share of real ale.
In June, there was Glatonbury Festival which was as good as ever, and introduced me my No 1 artist of the Year…
Aaaand in at No 1 – St Vincent with her self titled record, And Glasto Performance.
No 2 – Aphex Twin with Syro.
No 3 – Tod Terje… Its Album Time.
No 4 – The Juan MacLean, with In a Dream
No 5 – Royal Blood for their Glasto set
Honourable mentions go to Public Service Broadcasting who have a new record out early 2015. Also Liars, Alt-J, Daniel Avery, Museum of Love, and Shit Robot who’s albums I’ve really enjoyed this year.
I also saw two of my favourite bands this year, Factory Floor upstairs in the Hare and Hounds in May, and Moderat at the Albert Hall in Manchester in February. Both gigs are big highlights of the year!
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