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Boo Who?
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BEST OF 2017

This year I’ve had:
Chicken! Birthday! Chicken!
Feb flew by like the wind that snapped my fence in two
Spending lots of money on the cars, spending lots of money on the future holidays.
Cyprus holiday with the family.
Starting to use the garden for BBQ and kid play.
Butlin’s weekend for the kids, a day out playing board games, and working late to earn the money to fund those things.
Trips to the theatre, 3 family BBQs, and trying to lose weight (but maintaining instead).
My word doc with the info on become corrupted, TWICE. Stoopid USB stick.
A 10 day holiday in Holland + theme park attached. 4 adults, 5 kids, hard work but fun in places. Also Max turned into a 2 year old :o
Doing what we do. Max learning lots of new words.
Time off from work & kids, but also being ill.
Feeling better. Preparing for a 4 year old’s birthday party and having a successful 4 year old birthday weekend.
Watching the boys get excited over Crimbo lights, decorations and all things Crimbo-y :)


Best album of recent times
Bobby Kimball - We're Not In Kansas Anymore (2016) / Marillion - Fuck Everyone And Run (2016) / Status Quo - Aquostic II - That's a Fact! (2016) / Thunder - Rip It Up (2017) CD / Brother Firetribe - Sunbound (2017) / Steve Hackett – The Night Siren (2017) / Dan Reed Network - Fight Another Day (2016) / Dee Snider - We Are The Ones (2016) / Soen - Lykaia (2017) / Steven Tyler - We're All Somebody From Somewhere (2016) / Blaze Bayley - Endure And Survive (2017) / Blues Traveller - Blow Up the Moon (2015) / Eric Gillette – The Great Unknown (2016) / Last Autumn’s Dream - In Disguise (2016) / Place Vendome - Close to the Sun (2017) / Blackfield - Blackfield V (2017) / The Ferrymen - The Ferrymen (2017) / Labyrinth - Architecture of a God (2017) / T - Fragmentropy (2015) Epistrophobia (2017) / At The Drive In - In•ter_a•li•a (2017) / Ayreon - The Source (2017) / Robin Beck - Love Is Coming (2017) / Stewart Bell - The Antechamber Of Being, Pt. 2 Stories From The Antechamber (2017) / Lindsey Buckingham / McVie, Christine (2017) / Tom Chaplin – The Wave (2016) / Cruzh – Cruzh (2016) / Harem Scarem – United (2017) / H.E.A.T - Into the Great Unknown (2017) / The Hoosiers - The Secret Service (2015) / Jorn - Life on Death Road (2017) / Simon Kirke - All Because Of You (2017) / Living Colour - Shade (2017) / Martigan - Distant Monsters (2015) / Mike & The Mechanics – Let Me Fly (2017) / One Desire - One Desire (2017) / Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark (2017) / Snakecharmer – Second Skin (2017) / Twain, Shania – Now (2017) / Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want (2017) / Heaven & Earth – Hard To Kill (2017) / Rick Springfield - Rocket Science (2016) / White Willow - Future Hopes (2017)

GOOD
Pride Of Lions – Fearless (2017) CD
Eyesberg – Masquerade (2017)
This Winter Machine - The Man Who Never Was (2017)
Inglorious - Inglorious II (2017)
Night Ranger - Don't Let Up (2017)
Gotthard - Silver (2017)

GREAT
Deep Purple – Infinite (2017)
Gogol Bordello - Seekers and Finders (2017)
The Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic (2017)
Threshold – Legends of the Shires (2017)
World Trade - Unify (2017)

SUPER GREAT
Retrospective - TEOTW (The End Of Their World) –EP (2016) / Re:Search (2017) - Polish progressive rock
Ten – Gothica (2017)
Cats In Space – Scarecrow (2017)
Stan Bush – Change The World (2017)

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 3
The Darkness – Pinewood Smile (2017)
Thunder – Wonder Days (2015)
Mr Big – Defying Gravity (2017)
Magenta – We Are Legend (2017) CD


Best album from ages past
Anthrax - Spreading the Disease (1985) / State of Euphoria (1988) / Persistence of Time (1990)
Mike & The Mechanics - Mike & The Mechanics (1985) / Word Of Mouth (1988)
Soen - Cognitive (2012) / Tellurian (2014)
Eyesberg – Blue (2014)
Blanc Faces - Blanc Faces (2005) / Falling From The Moon (2009)
Blues Traveller - Blues Traveller (1990) / Travelers and Thieves (1991) / Save His Soul (1993) / Straight On till Morning (1997) / Bridge (2001) / Truth Be Told (2003) / ¡Bastardos! (2005) / Cover Yourself (2007) / North Hollywood Shootout (2008) / Suzie Cracks the Whip (2012)
Eric Gillette – Afterthought (2013)
Loverboy – Loverboy (1980) / Get Lucky (1981) / Keep It Up (1983) / Lovin' Every Minute of It (1985) / Wildside (1987)
T - Naive (2002) / Voices (2006) / Anti-Matter Poetry (2010) / Psychoanorexia (2013) - German prog artist
The Hoosiers - The Illusion of Safety (2010) / The News from Nowhere (2014)
Retrospective - The Spectrum Of The Green Morning – EP (2007) / Stolen Thoughts (2008) /
White Willow - Ignis Fatuus (1995) / Ex Tenebris (1998) / Sacrament (2000) / Storm Season (2004) / Signal to Noise (2006) / Terminal Twilight (2011) - Norwegian Neo-Medieval Folk art rock band.
Adrenaline Rush - Adrenaline Rush (2014)
Eclipse - The Truth and a Little More (2001) / Second To None (2004) / Are You Ready To Rock (2008) / Bleed & Scream (2012)
Guano Apes - Bel Air (2011) / Offline (2014)
Kix - Cool Kids (1983) / Midnite Dynamite (1985) / Blow My Fuse (1988) / Kix (1990) / Hot Wire (1991)
Martigan - Stolzenbach (1995) / Ciel Ouvert (1996) / Man of the Moment (2002) / Vision (2009) - German neo-prog
Threshold – Pychedelicatessen (1994) CD
WASP – The Crimson Idol (1992)
Bread - Bread (1969) / Manna (1971) / Baby I'm-a Want You (1972) / Guitar Man (1972) /
David Gates - First (1973) / Never Let Her Go (1975) / Goodbye Girl (1978) / Falling in Love Again(1979) / Take Me Now (1981) / Love Is Always Seventeen (1994)

The best
Anthrax - Among the Living (1987)
Retrospective - Lost in Perception (2012) - Polish progressive rock
Fish On Friday – Shoot The Moon (2010) / Airborne (2012) – Belgian prog
Bread – Bread (1969)
Threshold – March of Progress (2012) CD


Best best of album
Now That’s What I Call Country CD3 – Not much competition :)


Gig of the year
IN ORDER

Theatre
Justin’s House @ Concert Hall Sun 5 Mar
Dinosaur World @ Theatre Royal Sun 15 Oct
Adam’s Family @ Theatre Royal, Nottingham Sat 1 July
Around The World In 80 Days @ Theatre Royal, Nottingham Thu 13 July
Sunny Afternoon @ Theatre Royal Wed 25 Jan (Kinks musical)
The Play That Goes Wrong @ Theatre Royal, Nottingham Wed 5 July – Hilarious slapstick.


Music
Royal Blood @ Notts Arena Sat 25 Nov
Steve Hackett @ Concert Hall Thur 11 May
Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow July @ Brum NEC Wed 28
The Alarm @ Rescue Rooms Wed 04 Oct
Glenn Hughes @ Rescue Rooms Thu 26 Jan
Sonata Artica @ Rescue Rooms Mon 20 Mar
Living Colour @ Rescue Rooms Fri 29 Sep
James Blunt @ Notts Arena Fri 17 Nov
ROCKINGHAM @ The Level Fri 20 Oct - Maverick, Blanc Faces, John Parr, Kix
ROCKINGHAM @ The Level Sat 21 Oct - Cruzh, The Ammorettes, Fortune, Dave Bickler, Harum Scarum, Vince Neil
ROCKINGHAM @ The Level Sun 22 Oct - Bailey, Moritz, Airrace, Brother Firetribe, Dare, Great White, Loverboy
WASP @ Rock City Fri 13 Oct – Performing The Crimson Idol
Cats In Space @ Rock City (Basement) Fri 15 September
Anthrax @ Rock City Mon 13 Feb
Mike & The Mechanics @ Concert Hall Fri 24 Feb
Iron Maiden @ Notts Arena Thu 4 May
I.Q. @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sat 22 March
Gogol Bordello @ Rock City Sat 16 Dec
The Darkness @ Rock City Sat 2 Dec
Phil Collins @ Notts Arena Wed 22 Nov
Mr Big + The Answer @ Rock City Thu 16 Nov
Queen + Adam Lambert @ Notts Arena Tue 5 Dec
Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman @ Concert Hall Tue 21 Mar – Wonderful to be able to hear Jon Anderson sing yes songs again. Great to finally get to see Trevor Rabin singing the songs from his time with Yes too. Rick Wakeman was as good as ever also.

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Transformers: The Last Knight
Jigsaw
Alien Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
Logan
Kong: Skull Island
Justice League
Spider-Man: Homecoming
IT
Split
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Wonder Woman
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi
Thor: Ragnarok
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Film on TV
Divergent / Jason Bourne / The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 / The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 / Pride & Prejudice & Zombies / 10 Cloverfield Lane / Bad Neighbours 2 / Zoolander 2 / Hacked / The Darkness / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows / Goosebumps / The Huntsman: Winter’s War / Cabin Fever (2016) / The 5th Wave / Warcraft /Friend Request / Ghostbusters (2016) / Dad’s Army / Attack Of The Lederhosen Zombies
Green Room / The Boss / The Lazarus Effect / Bloodsucking Bosses / You’re Next / K-Shop / Camino / Summer Camp / Lights Out / Hitman: Agent 47 / The Trust / Keanu / Downhill / Cell (2016) / Let’s Be Evil / Mr Right / Morgan / Bridget Jones’s Baby / The Call Up / Don’t Blink / I Am Not A Serial Killer / London Has Fallen / The Forest / What We Become / Abattoir / Keeping Up With The Jones’s / The Veil / Level Up / Survivor / Sin City: A Dame To Kill For / Underworld: Blood Wars / Gerald’s Game / Demonic / Dead End / Oujia: Origin Of Evil / Ibiza Undead / The Great Wall / Assassin’s Creed / Within (2016) / A Christmas Horror Story / Rings

GOOD
Odd Thomas
Sausage Party
Zootropolis
Central Intelligence
Cop Car
The Shallows
Greasy Strangler
Imperium
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates
Rock Dog
Spectral
iBoy
The Do-Over
It Follows
The Purge: Election Year
Pet
Inferno
The Circle
I Don’t Want To Live In This World Anymore
Blood Father – Mel Gibson action
Kill Me Three Times
Knucklebones
Monster Trucks
Prevenge
What We Do In The Shadows



GREAT
The B.F.G.
The Angry Birds Movie
No Escape
The Babadook
Midnight Special
A Street Cat Named Bob
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
ARQ
Army Of One
Shimmer Lake
Passengers
Cooties
The Lobster
Sing
Why Him?

SUPERDOOPER
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Don’t Breathe
The Girl With All The Gifts
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Life
Little Evil
The Babysitter
Death Note
Bright

TOP 3
Bright
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them


Best DVD bought

Comedy
Micky Flanigan – An’ Another Fing

Film
Beauty & The Beast (2017)


Top purchase
Toilet seat with fish on it
AC/DC mug
Samsung Galaxy tablet E Cover
Bedside cupboards
Fences for the garden
Paw Patrol big boy bed for Max
Paw patrol transporter for Ben
New paw patrol bed for Max
Dragon Chase game
Mouse Trap game
Rockingham T-Shirt

TOP 8
Hob Stickers - To show which knob turns on which hob, as I accidently cleaned the originals off.
Yahtzee dice game
Samsung Galaxy tablet E (mainly for Ben to watch Billy Goat Gruff on you tube over and over and over and over again).
Stormtrooper Bluetooth speaker
Panasonic ct585sbpq combination microwave - Great for doing jacket spuds in.
£100 cinema gift voucher (because they give you an extra £20 free)
Hexbug toys for Ben
Samsung Galaxy S7 - Because it means ben can have my old one.


For 2018 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 19 gigs lined up and 1 boy child getting to school age.
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