It's Christmastime and I've decided to be as lazy as the "professional" media and fall back on the end of year list. It's the kind of thinking you can pretty much do whilst sitting in front of the TV, in the pub (even though I almost never go to pubs), in the car or simply laying down.
The 'conventional media is full of these thrown together best and worst lists. So I offer mine. It's a best things of the year, according to me.
1. The bit in The Sun goes Down by The Arctic Monkeys where the guitars drop out and the verse is sung over just bass and drums for a few bars. It's a perfect example of rock dynamics and the rest of the song is pretty good too.
2. My Birthday meal in October. It was splendid - even a tiny shard of crabshell that almost shattered a tooth couldn't spoil it.
3. The 7 foot sunflower that I grew from a seed.
4. Spike Lee's film When the Levees Broke.
5. 12 Stops and Home by The Feeling.
6. The entrancingly sexy woman in a very sexy dress whom I saw in a pub in July.
7. Radio 5's show Up All Night, notably the World Football phone-in on a Friday morning.
8. Maxi Rodriguez's goal in the world cup.
9. Children of Beslan (which was actually in 2005 but I watched it again)
10. Seeing myself in print and thinking that what I'd written was pretty good.
11. The evening of June 19th.