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Boo Who?
baggy

BEST OF 2015

This year I:
Have been to a few baby birthday parties. Experienced soft play centres.Turned 40.
Been to an 80’s Butlin’s stag weekend, witnessed Ben learning to walk. Seen Ben get ill and then perk up at 2 in the morning :o
Seen Ben disco dancing, doing monkey impressions and making us laugh by walking around with his eyes closed.
Lots of garden work, getting ill, getting better.
Enjoying the weather, Ben getting chicken pox.
Been to the zoo a few times, a successful take Ben to someone else home for BBQ day, a successful BBQ in the rain for 12 adults and 4 children
BABY MAX!
Figuring out how the household works with 4 of us.
A christening (not ours as I’m hoping my kids don’t have one). Uncle’s 60th bday doo with band. A haircut. A 2 day rock festival without the kiddies. A surprise bday party.
Ben turning (terrible) 2. Max sick in hospital for 2 nights.
Various toddler Crimbo parties.

Best album of recent times
Evergrey – Hymns For The Broken (2014) / Glass Hammer - Ode to Echo (2014) / Status Quo – Aquostic: Stripped Bare (2014) / Ayreon - The Theory of Everything (2013) / FM – Hero’s And Villians (2015) / Richie Kotzen - Cannibals (2015) / Romeo’s Daughter – Spin (2015) / Gentle Storm - The Diary (2015) / The Poodles – Devil In The Details (2015) / Soto – Inside The Vertigo (2015) / Blackmore's Night - Dancer And The Moon (2013) / Blackberry Smoke – Holding All the Roses (2015) / Blues Pills - Devil Man (EP) (2013) / Blues Pills (2014) / Dark Sarah – Behind The Black Veil (2015) / Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes (2013) / Mark Slaughter – Reflections in a Rear View Mirror (2015) / Stream Of Passion - A War Of Our Own (2015) / Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror (2015) / A-HA - Cast In Steel (2015) / Halestorm – Reanimate 2.0: The Covers EP (2013) / Halestorm – Into The Wild Life (2015) / Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2015) / Ten - Isla de Muerta (2015) / Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase (2015) / Yusef - Tell 'Em I'm Gone (2014) / The Answer - Raise A Little Hell (2015) / Christina - The Light (2015) / Kamelot – Haven (2015) / Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains (2014) / Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2015) / S.A.Y. - Orion (2015) / Arena - The Unquiet Sky (2015) / The Dead Daisies - Revolución (2015) / ELO – Alone In The Universe (2015) / Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (2014) / Ugly Kid Joe - Uglier Than They Used To Be (2015) / Whitesnake – The Purple Album (2015)

GOOD
Beardfish - 4626-Comfortzone (2015)
Bigelf - Into The Maelstrom (2014)
Freak Kitchen - Cooking With Pagans (2014)
Pain Of Salvation - Falling Home (2014)
Kyrbgrinder - Chronicles Of A Dark Machine (2015)
Thunder – Wonder Days (2015)
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (2013)
Red Jasper – The Great And Secret Show (2015)
Von Hertzen Brothers - New Day Rising (2015)
The Samurai of Prog - Undercover (2011)
The Samurai of Prog - Secrets Of Disguise (2013)
Threshold - For The Journey (2014)
Live - The Turn (2014)
Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland (2014)
Issa – Crossfire (2015)
Mr. Big - The Stories We Could Tell (2014)
Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints (2015)
Transatlantic - KaLIVEoscope (2014)
Allen/Lande – The Great Divide (2014)
Ammunition – Shanghaied (2014)
Care Of Night - Connected (2015)
Sylvan - Home (2015) – CD
Billy Idol - Kings & Queens Of The Underground (2014)

GREAT
AC/DC - Rock Or Bust (2014) CD
Jorn Lande & Trond Holter - Dracula - Swing Of Death (2015)
Lonely Robot - Please Come Home (2015)
Neal Morse - Songs From November (2014)
Vanden Plas - Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II (2015)
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015)
Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls (2015)
Def Leppard - Def Leppard (2015)
McBusted – McBusted (2014)

SUPER GREAT
Neal Morse - The Grand Experiment (2015)
The Samurai of Prog - The Imperial Hotel (2014) - Full on Prog.
Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)
The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind (2015)
Muse – Drones (2015) CD
Royal Hunt - Devil’s Dozen (2015)
Magic Pie – King For A Day (2015)
Symphony X – Underworld (2015) CD

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 5
Enchant - The Great Divide (2014) CD
United Progressive Fraternity - Fall In Love With The World (2014)
Kaipa – Sattyg (2014)
Hasse Froberg – HFMC (2015)
Spock’s Beard - The Oblivion Particle CD (2015)

Best album from ages past
Peter Grabriel – Us (1992) / Lana Lane - El Dorado Hotel (2012) / Freak Kitchen – Land Of The Freaks (2009) / Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse (1971) / Samurai - Samurai (1971) / Frederiksen Deander - Baptism By Fire (2009) / Icehouse – Man Of Colours (1987)
Kestrel – Kestrel (1975) / Blackberry Smoke – Bad Luck Ain't No Crime (2004) / Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill (2012) / Pendragon - Passion (2011) / Last Autumns Dream - Last Autumns Dream (2004) / Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of 25th (2009) / Two Of A Kind - Two Of A Kind (2007) / Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (2011) / Christina - Broken Lives & Bleeding Hearts (2010) / Silent Force - Walk The Earth (2007) / Leaves´Eyes - Meredead (2011)
Red Jasper – Sting In The Tale (1990) / A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993) / The Winter's Tale (1994) / Anagramary (1997)
The Alarm – Declaration (1984) / Strength (1985) / In The Poppy Fields (2004)
Giuffria - Giuffria (1984) / Silk & Steel (1986)
Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1974) / RA (1977) / Oops! Wrong Planet (1977) / Deface the Music (1980) / Utopia (1982) / Swing to the Right (1982) / Oblivion (1984) / POV (1985)
Issa – Sign Of Angels (2010) / The Storm (2011)
Paolo Nutini - These Streets (2006) / Sunny Side Up (2009)

TOP 6
Anthrax – Worship Music (2011)
Utopia – RA (1977)
Glass Hammer - Cor Cordium (2011)
Glass Hammer – If (2010)

Best best of album
Men Without Hats - The Very Best Of Men Without Hats (1982-84)

Gig of the year
Theatre
Spamalot @ Nottigham Theatre Royal Wed 24 June

Music
Black Label Society - Wed 18 Feb @ Rock City
10cc - Thur 19 Feb @ Concert Hall – Performing the album Sheet Music + the hits. I especially liked Kevin Godley’s video contribution of him singing Somewhere In Hollywood.
Rival Sons / The London Souls @ Rock City Friday 3rd April
Von Hertzen Brothers / Ulysses / Black Wolf @ The Rescue Rooms Friday 24th April
Cloudbursting (Kate Bush Tribute) @ Rescue Rooms Saturday 16th May
Spock’s Beard – Tue 29 Sept @ Rescue Rooms
Hasse Froberg Musical Companion + Enchant Mon 12 Oct @ The Robin, Bilston
Rockingham Sat 24 Oct @ Rock City - Care Of Night / Vega / Last Autumns Dream / Electric Boys / Jim Peterik / Dan Reed Network / Gotthard
Rockingham Sun 25 Oct @ Rock City - Issa / Ammunition / Royal Hunt/ Stan Bush / Valentine / Giuffria / Dokken
Go West & Nik Kershaw + T'pau @ Concert Hall Friday 20 Nov
The Darkness @ Rock City Wed 2nd Dec

TOP 5
The Darkness @ Rock City Wed 2nd Dec
Rockingham - Sat 24 Sun 25 Oct @ Rock City - Care Of Night / Last Autumns Dream / Electric Boys / Jim Peterik / Dan Reed Network / Gotthard / Issa / Ammunition / Royal Hunt/ Stan Bush / Giuffria /
10cc - Thur 19 Feb @ Concert Hall – Performing the album Sheet Music
Hasse Froberg Musical Companion + Enchant - Mon 12 Oct @ The Robin, Bilston
Spock’s Beard – Tue 29 Sept @ Rescue Rooms

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Ant Man
Avengers – The Age of Ultron
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - It actually made me cry :o

Film on TV
300: Rise Of An Empire / Byzantium / The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia / The Zero Theorem / Godzilla / The Knights Of Badassdom / How To Train Your Dragon 2 / A Million Ways To Die In The West / 22 Jump Street / The Anomaly / Transcendence / Deliver Us From Evil / Transformers: Age Of Extinction / Bullet To The Head / As Above, So Below / Zombeavers / Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit / Warm Bodies / Bachelorette / Lucy / Curse Of Chucky / Annabelle / Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day / Let’s Be Cops / Ouija / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / All Cheerleaders Die / Burying The Ex / Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water / 13 Sins / Red 2

GOOD
Bad Neighbours
Last Days On Mars
Edge Of Forever. Live. Die. Repeat.
The Equaliser
Robot And Frank
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Gone Girl
Honeymoon
Keeping Rosy
Oculus
The Purge: Anarchy
TranSiberian
No One Lives
Maniac
Horrible Bosses 2
Black Sea
Taken 3

GREAT
Happy Feet
The Maze Runner
The Interview
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
The Lego Movie

Rewatched Film on TV
Labyrinth
The Grinch
Shrek
Frozen
Happy Feet
Monsters University
Monsters Inc

Best DVD bought
The Hobbit Trilogy boxset - (An Unexpected Journey) – (The Desolation of Smaug) – (The Battle of the Five Armies)
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy - Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy - Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) - Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Top purchase
Pen pipe / Over the door hanger / 44 x 10mm Self Adhesive Googly Eyes / Silicon oven glove / New kitchen window and front door / Ikea drawers for Ben’s new room / Jungle animal curtains and stickers for Ben’s new room / X-hose power washer / Jungle bed for Ben / Watch with fabric strap / Head torch / Annual pass for Tycross Zoo / A pizza with chocolate on it

TOP 7
6ft x 3ft Rustic Solid Oak Extending Dining Table
USB plug socket – No more need to swap plugs around.
Bow window in the living room
Chromecast – so I don’t have to watch Netflix through the Wii – Also good for showing photos of babies
Vauxall Zafira Tourer SE - The family car. Good because it’s mainly used by Kel so I can rest :)
New garden (patio and grass) – Come the summer this will be used more.
Tefal Optigrill – (Present from in-laws) Replaced the George Formby and I love it. Makes nice burgers, salmon, steak and toasted sarnies.

For 2016 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 6 gigs and some crazy kid times with the Bagshaw boys.
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