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BEST OF 2012

This year I:
Had a birthday and a face that looked sunburnt due to an food reaction.
Saw various members of my soon to be extra close family.
Entertained American visitors, got married, went on honeymoon.
Stayed on a continuous high from the wedding and thudding back down to earth with work and plan making.
Continued home improvements with a shed for the rabbits, decorating the living room and tidying the driveway with a fence.
Social events which were good, but mostly working, watching TV and looking at ways to get fit in the house and garden (when not pissing it down) while waiting for the sun to come out. Then for the last few days I had sickness and the squits :o
A month of family and holidays.
Holiday at Butlins, seeing my niece & nephew for the 1st time in about 6 years, a BBQ at mine for 11 of my family, a nice Spa and splash day, attended a BBQ for an newly turned 18 year old (bro-in-law).
Gigs, beer, work, big gigs and house improvement planning
Meals, gigs, sprucing up the house and planning on other sprucing.
Visited an ickle baby (belonging to K’s sister) and preparing for Crimbo :)


Best album of recent times
GOOD
Rhapsody Of Fire - From Chaos to Eternity (2011) / Pendragon – Passion (2011) / The Answer – Revival (2011) / Rival Sons - Pressure & Time (2011) / The Union - Sirens Song (2011) / Aeon Zen - The Face Of The Unknown (2010) / Edguy – Age of The Joker (2011) / Night Ranger - Somewhere In California (2011) / Black Country Communion - 2 (2011) / Keane - Strangeland (2012) / The Magnificent - The Magnificent (2011) / Epica - Requiem for the Indifferent (2012) / Hysterica - The Art Of Metal (2012) / Sonata Arctica - Stones Grow Her Name (2012)

GREAT
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011) / Gotthard – Firebirth / Slash - Apocalyptic Love (2012) / Newton Faulkner - Write It on Your Skin (2112) / Jimi Jamison – Live At Firefest (2010) / Houston – Houston (2010) / Lionville - Lionville (2011) / Work of Art - In Progress (2011) / Consortium Project V (Ian Parry’s) - Species (2011) / The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet (2012) / Alanis Morissette - Havoc and Bright Lights (2012) / The Muppets - The Muppets Soundtrack (2012) / Romeo’s Daughter – Rapture (2012 CD) / Magnum - On The 13th Day (2012 CD) / It Bites - Map Of The Past (2012) / Jimi Jamison - Never Too Late (2012) / Night Flight Orchestra - Internal Affairs (2012) / RPWL - Beyond Man And Time (2012) / Circus Maximus – Nine (2012)

SUPER GREAT
Affector - Harmagedon (2012)
Stan Bush - Dream The Dream (2010)
Magic Pie - The Suffering Joy (2011)
H.E.A.T. – Address The Nation (2012)
Arena – The Seventh Degree of Separation (2011)
Magenta - Chameleon (2011)
Pagans Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy (2011)

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 7 (as always a nightmare trying to choose and somewhat interchangable)
Redemption - This Mortal Coil (2011)
Trillium – Alloy (2011)
Adrenaline Mob – Omerta
Pain Of Salvation - Road Salt Two (2011)
Royal Hunt - Show Me How to Live (2012)
The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden (2112)
Headspace - I Am Anonymous (British progressive metal band featuring Adam Wakeman, Damian Wilson, Lee Pomeroy).

Best album from ages past
Blackberry Smoke - Little Piece of Dixie (2009) / Black Stone Cherry - Folklore And Superstition (2008) / Rival Sons - Before The Fire (2009) / Darius Rucker – Learn To Live (2008) / Seasick Steve - I Started Out With Nothin And I Still Got Most Of It Left (2008) / Night Ranger - Midnight Madness (1983) / Little Caesar - Redemption (2009) / Van Zant My Kind of Country (2007) / Winterville - Everything In Moderation (2005) / Cry of Love - Brother (1992)
Gotthard - Dial Hard (1994) / Home Run (2001) / Human Zoo (2003) / Lipservice (2005)
Stage Dolls - Soldier's Gun (1985) / Get a Life (2004)
Native Window – Native Window (2009) / New England - New England (1979) / Big Country – The Crossing (1983)
Gotthard - Dial Hard (1994) / Home Run (2001) / Human Zoo (2003) / Lipservice (2005)
Stage Dolls - Soldier's Gun (1985) / Get a Life (2004)
The Highwaymen - Highwayman (1985) / Highwayman 2 (1990) / The Road Goes On Forever (1995) A band featuring the country legends of Cash-Jennings-Kristofferson-Nelson.

I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked The Highwaymen (featuring country stars Cash-Jennings-Kristofferson-Nelson) and I also like the progish Von Hertzen Brothers – Approach (2006) and the slick production and music of the AOR Work of Art - Art Work (2008).
But this year I liked a nice mix of styles from Australian prog band Unitopia More - Than A Dream (2005)

Best best of album
Chris LeDoux - The Best of Chris LeDoux / Brad Paisley – Hits Alive / Alan Jackson – 34 Number Ones / Taj Mahall - The Best Of (1967-1974) / Toby Keith - 35 Biggest Hits 1993-2008 / Reel Big Fish Greatest Hit... and More (1996-2005) / John Mellencamp - Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits 1978-2003

TOP 4
Billy Squier - Billy Squier - Hear Then & Now 1980-89
It Bites – Calling All The Heroes – The Best Of
RPWL – The Gentle Art Of Music (2002-2010)
Stage Dolls - Stories We Could Tell

Gig of the year
Music
Livewire / Big Country / The Union / The Answer / Steel Panther @ The House Of Blues, Madalay Bay, Las Vegas / Roxette / W.A.S.P. / Romeo's Daughter / Epica

TOP 10
Status Quo
Rammstein
10cc
Europe
Magnum + Trillium
FIREFEST (Lionville, Ten, Tyketto, Work Of Art, Gotthard, Royal Hunt, Stage Dolls)
Alice Cooper
The Flower Kings
Little Angels
Another great SRF (H.E.A.T., LITTLE ANGELS, NIGHT RANGER, STEEL PANTHER, , ADRENALINE MOB, , BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, UGLY KID JOE, THE DARKNESS, THE FLOWER KINGS, BAD COMPANY, SYMPHONY X, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, SLADE)

Comedy
Mrs Brown Rides Again
Frankie Boyle
Jimmy Carr

Other
Nathan Burton Comedy Magic (@ Flamingo)
Circus De Soleil O (@ Bellagio, Las Vegas – An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance)
Circus De Soleil Zumanity (@ New York New York - A cabaret exploring the spectrum of human sensuality)

Cinema film of the year
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo / The Raid / Men In Black 3 / Prometheus / Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter / The Amazing Spiderman / Ice Age 4 / The Bourne Legacy / Dredd / Taken 2 / Looper / Skyfall

TOP 8
The Expendables 2
American Reunion
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Rock Of Ages
The Dark Knight Rises
The Cabin In The Woods - A film explaining why that if all other horror films were real the reason why it was those monsters attacking those people in those locations. A very Joss (Whedon) film, could have easily fit into an later series of Angel.
Marvel's Avengers Assemble - I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to take in some places but Joss Whedon and all involved pulled it out of the hat. Good screen time for everyone and an oddly funny role for Mr Hulk.
The Muppets was fantastic. Some of it was nostalgia but it also had to be made well and it was.

And a special mention to Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day wasn’t a movie as such but enjoyable to watch with the middle aged fellas.

Film on TV
The King's Speech / True Grit / 127 Hours / Cemetery Junction / Tin Tin / Johnny English Reborn / Seven Pounds / The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button / Super 8 / The Smurfs / Black Hawk Down / Stakeland / Fright Night (2011) / Triangle / Green Lantern / Cowboys & Aliens / Real Steel / Puss In Boots / Crazy Stupid Love / It's A Wonderful Afterlife / 500 Days Of Summer / A Thousand Words

TOP 7
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Hannah
The Change Up
The Goods
Limitless
Attack The Block
Paul was hilarious throughout, but with Pegg & Frost involved I’m not surprised.

Rewatched Film on TV
The Hangover Part 2
Shrek 4
The Inbetweeners Movie

Best DVD bought
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest / Saw: The Last Chapter / Tropic Thunder / Rock Of Ages / Let Me In / Captain America / Thor / Marvels Avengers Assemble

Music
Jimi Jamison – Live At Firefest 2010

DVD watched
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo / The Girl Who Played With Fire / The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest / Lemmy / Cockneys Vs Zombies

TOP 6
Gone
Tucker & Dale Vs Evil
In Time
Source Code
The Grey
Horrible Bosses

Comedy
Mickey Flannigan

Book read
I read one but it wasn’t worth an award. I’m halfway though a good one though. Once again I’ve mostly been reading my music magazines.

Top purchase
New Pirelli tires for my car / PC Monitor / PC Speakers / BBQ (+BBQ coal bags + waterproof cover) / Flights to Hungary / Braun Series 3-380 Wet & Dry Shaver / Electric Fire / Cavity Wall Insulation / Silicon Oven gloves / Quiz it!

TOP 7
Sweden Rock Festival 2012 fleece
Driveway fence
Haircut to make me look sexy cool.
Acer 5733Z Laptop (Intel Intel Pentium, 4GB, 640GB, 15.6" Display) Grey
Wifi bridge - To attach to my Sky box so I can get 'Sky Anytime +' to download loads more telly I have no time for.
Shed for the rabbits to live in
MY WIFE! (and the honeymoon I guess)


For 2013 I have 35 days holiday + whatever I TOIL I rack up. Hopefully more time with K. Lots of visits to her (and mine I guess) new niece, a possible holiday to Germany and a cruise to Norway.
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