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Saturday, August 31st, 2019
9:32 pm - BEST OF AUGUST 2K19
Best album from recent times (3 years)
Alliance – Fire And Grace (2019)
Captain Black Beard - Struck By Lightning (2018)
Heather Findlay – Wild Wild Horses (2019)
Jim Peterik & World Stage - Winds Of Change (2019)
Teramaze - Are We Soldiers (2019) - Melbourne prog band

Best album from ages past
Sly Fox – Let’s Go All The Way (1985)

Gig of the Month
Trevor Horn @ Concert Hall Sat 3 Aug - A lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Included some guest vocals from h from Marillion.

Cinema Film Of The Month
Toy Story 4

Film on TV
The Darkest Minds
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Redcon-1
White Chamber
Girls With Balls
The Little Stranger
Rim Of The World
Johnny English Strikes Again
It's Kind of a Funny Story

Last Laugh
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Pimped
Scooby-Doo & Kiss Rock n Roll

Top purchase
100 Multi-Colour Wooden Meeples to help me make a board game to make me a millionaire :)

September has 1 days off work, and 2 gigs :o

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
8:00 pm - BEST OF JULY 2K19
Summer fun with the kids (when it wasn’t raining)

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Fortune - II (2019)
Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Space Between (2019)
Library Bards — Bardcore (2017)
Lonerider – Attitude (2019) – Steve (FM) Overland
Mostly Autumn - Sight of Day (2017) / White Rainbow (2019)
Alan Parsons - The Secret (2019)
Queensrÿche - The Verdict (2019)
Thunder – Please Remain Seated (2019) CD
The Room - Caught By The Machine (2019) UK prog
Warrior Soul - Back On The Lash (2017) / Rock 'N' Roll Disease (2019)
Yes - Live At The Apollo (2018) CD

The Mute Gods - Atheists And Believers (2019)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Warrior Soul - Destroy The War Machine (2009)

Gig of the Month
The B-52s @ Concert Hall Tue 2 July

Cinema Film Of The Month
Spider-Man: Far Fom Home
X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Film on TV
Fright Fest
Lost In London
A Rough Draft
Night School
You, Me & Him
Man Up
Juliet, Naked
Lifechanger
Velvet Buzzsaw
Escape Room
Don’t Kill It
Murder Mystery
The Possession Of Hannah Grace

Best 3
The Girl In The Spider Web
Overlord
Apostle

Top purchase
500 blank playing cards - For kids to colour in and me to make my own game out of to make a fortune :p

August has 14 days off work, and 1 emergency gig :o

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019
9:25 pm - BEST OF JUNE 2K19
Working, fun with kids, illness.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Dream Theater – Distance Over Time (2019)
Electric Boys - Gone Gone Gone EP (2019)
Epica - Epica Vs. Attack On Titan Songs (2018)
Hardline - Life (2019)
Kingcrow – The Persistence (2019) - Italian progressive rock
Rammstein - Rammstein (2019)
Ten - Illuminati (2018)
Trishula – Scared to Breathe (2019)
W.E.T - Earthrage (2018)
Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood (2019) (CD)

Cats In Space – Day Trip To Narnia (2019)

Gig of the Month
Steve Steinman's Anything for Love - The Meat Loaf Story @ Concert Hall Fri 7 June

Cinema Film Of The Month
The Secret Life Of Pets 2
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Is just as good as
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Film on TV
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Breaking In
Searching
Knuckleball
Leprechaun Returns
The Nun
Patriot’s Day
Slaughterhouse Rulez

I enjoyed Venom more than I thought and also BlackKKlansman

Top purchase
Another Integral 32 GB Evo USB Flash Drive as family are putting music on them for their cars.

July has 1 day off work, and only 1 gig

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Friday, May 31st, 2019
9:14 pm - BEST OF MAY 2K19
A weekend away and lots of tiring fun with the kids

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Delain – Hunter’s Moon EP (2018)
Evergrey - The Atlantic (2019)
Fish - A Parley with Angels (EP) (2018)
Gryphon - ReInvention (2018)
Inglorious - Ride To Nowhere (2019)
Issa - Run With The Pack (2018)
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (2018)
Jizzy Pearl – All You Need Is Soul (2018)
Rhapsody Of Fire - The Eighth Mountain (2019)
Ty Tabor - Alien Beans (2018)
Tesla - Shock (2019)
Ann Wilson - Immortal (2018)

</b>The Neal Morse Band - The Great Adventure (2019)</b> CD

Gig of the Month
Glenn Hughes was cancelled :(

Cinema Film Of The Month
AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Film on TV
Hotel Artemis
The Meg – Big daft fun
Action Point
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Time Trap
Perfect Skin
Super Troopers 2 – Daft fun
Upgrade
SnowPiercer
The Clovehitch Killer
Incontrol
Alien Code
Unfriended: Dark Web

SnowPiercer was good although a little daft in places so I’ll give it to Upgrade

Book read
Danny Wallace - Awkward Situations for Men

June has 1 day off work, and only 1 gig

(Join the zoo)

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
5:08 pm - BEST OF APRIL 2K19
Busy with the crazy kids

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Adventure – New Horizon (2019)
Battle Beast - No More Hollywood Endings (2019)
David Byrne - American Utopia (2018)
Grand Design - Viva La Paradise (2018)
Steve Hackett, Steve - At The Edge Of Light (2019)
Toby Hitchcock - Reckoning (2019)
Lordi - Sexorcism (2018)

RPWL - Tales from Outer Space (2019)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Lordi - Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy) (2016)

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (2011)

Gig of the Month
Theatre
Rock Of Ages @ Theatre Royal Fri 5 Apr

Music
The Zutons @ Rock City Tue 2 Apr
RPWL @ The Robin 2 Wed 3 Apr
Arena @ The Robin 2 Thu 4 Apr

Cinema Film Of The Month
Hellboy (2019)
Missing Link

Film on TV
Skyscraper
The Ritual
The Equaliser 2
Christopher Robin - A lovely film for anyone who knows about Pooh bears (everyone).

Top purchase
Trousers!

May has 1 day off work, a weekend away and only 1 gig

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Sunday, March 31st, 2019
9:05 pm - BEST OF MARCH 2K19
Rolling along.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Gandalf's Fist - The Clockwork Fable (2016)
Gioeli/Castronovo - Set The World On Fire (2018)
Halestorm – Vicious (2018)
Steve Perry – Traces (2018)
Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (2018)
Riverside - Wasteland (2018)
Within Temptation - Resist (2018)
Two Of A Kind - Rise (2018)

Southern Empire – Civilisation (2018)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
RPWL - God Has Failed (2000) / Trying To Kiss The Sun (2002)
Southern Empire - Southern Empire (2016)

Gig of the Month
UFO @ Rock City Tue 26 Mar

Cinema Film Of The Month
Captain Marvel

Film on TV
The First Purge
Victor Crowley
Life Of The Party
Siren (2016)
Mandy
The Devil’s Doorway
Future World

Curvature because I have a thing for someone travels back in time mysties
Tag for it’s humour and connection to real life fun.

Top purchase
A cheaper expanding hose (that I hope won’t break as quick as the more expensive one did.

April has 5 days off work, and 4 gigs in a row :o

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019
9:23 pm - BEST OF FEBRUARY 2K19
Cough cough. Trying not to eat food.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Aldo Nova – 2.0 (2018)
Rick Astley – Beautiful Life (2018)
Hanson – String Theory (2018)
Subsignal - La Muerta (2018)
Tangent - The Slow Rust Of Forgotten (2017) / Proxy (2018)

Gungfly – Friendship (2018)

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Chantel McGregor - Like No Other (2011) / Lose Control (2015)

Gig of the Month
Hanson @ Rock City Thu 14 Feb

Cinema Film Of The Month
Alita: Battle Angel

Film on TV
Office Christmas Party
Fratpack
Fever
Ocean’s Eight
Woody Woodpecker

Isle Of Dogs

Top purchase
Dice tray

March has 0 days off work, and 1 goodbye gig.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2019
9:17 am - BEST OF JANUARY 2K19
Eating cake (birthday) and a rock weekend away.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog (2018)
Art Nation – Liberation (2017)
Dave Bickler - Darklight (2018)
Care of Night - Love Equals War (2018)
Electric Boys - The Ghost Ward Diaries (2018)
Hank Erix - Nothing But Trouble (2018)
The Good, The Bad and The Queen - Merrie Land (2018)
Houston - III (2017)
Kenny Leckremo – Spectra (2018)
The Trews - Civilianaires (2018)

Freak Kitchen - Confusion To The Enemy (2018)

Gig of the Month
OMG Planet Circus @ Hucknall car boot site Thu 3 Jan
Peter Pan @ Theatre Royal Sun 6 Jan

Giants Of Rock - Day 1 @ Butlin’s Minehead Fri 25 Jan
Our Propaganda / Sons Of Liberty / Ethyrfield / Iconic Eye / Roger Chapman / Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous / UDO

Giants Of Rock - Day 2 @ Butlin’s Minehead Sat 26 Jan
Clearwater Creedence Revival / Geordie / Martin Barre's Jethro Tull / Dare / Hollowstar / Zal Cleminson's Sin Dogs / Sweet / Atomic Rooster / Willie And The Bandits

Giants Of Rock - Day 3 @ Butlin’s Minehead Sun 27 Jan
Black Whisky / Man / Focus / FM / Haxan / Cats In Space / Skid Row

Cinema Film Of The Month
Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse
Glass

Film on TV
Mom and Dad
Better Watch Out
A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
Birdbox
Rampage
Wildling
A Wrinkle In Time
Truth Or Dare
2036 Origin Unknown
Tale Of Tales
Screamers
Red Sparrow
10x10
Unsane
Ghost Stories
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

For pure retro horror fun Terrifier
For all other fun Ready Player One

Top purchase

February has 0 days off work, and only 1 gig (1 was postponed) :o

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Monday, December 31st, 2018
11:58 pm - BEST OF 2018
This year I’ve had:
Nothing exciting, although birthday month = chicken week :)
Ben’s first cinema experience which he handled rather well.
Snow! Sun!
Far away Sunday night prog gigs. Sunshine. A family wedding.
Poorly throat/chest, poorly knee, but lots of sunshine fun with the kids.
Bad knee, working nights, eating, dieting.
Escape room, being paid to eat chocolate, melting in the heat, a wedding doo, a BBQ with rain.
Holiday in Hungary, 2 family birthday parties for Max who turned 3
The kids going to school (or pretend pre-school)
Return of the gym :o Rockingham. Butlins.
Butlins. Coughing. Naughty children. Well behaved children. Ben’s 5th birthday.
Christmas. Xmas. Crimbo. + about 6 visits to Santa

Best album of recent times (3 years)
Adrenaline Rush - Soul Survivor (2017) / Doug Aldrich - Alter Ego (2017) / The Aurora Project - World Of Grey (2017) / The Corrs – Jupiter Calling (2017) / Lionville - A World Of Fools (2017) / Boulevard - IV: Luminescence (2017) / Fabio Lione & Alessandro Conti - Lione/Conti (2018) / Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (2018) / Mark Slaughter - Halfway There (2017) / Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale (2016)
Epica - The Holographic Principle (2016) / The Solace System (EP) (2017)
Magnum - Lost On The Road To Eternity (2018) / The Poodles - Prisma (2018) / The Temperance Movement - A Deeper Cut (2018) / Chris Bay – Chasing The Sun (2018)
Blood Red Saints – Love Hate & Conspiracies (2018) / Janet Gardner – Janet Gardner (2017) / Mason Hill - Mason Hill (EP) (2016) / Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection (2016) / Wildness – Wildness (2017) / Big Foot - Big Foot (2017) / Creye – Straight To The Top (2017) (EP) / Richie Kotzen - Salting Earth (2017) / Massive – Destination Somewhere (2016) / Leaves' Eyes - Sign Of The Dragonhead (2018) / Pink Cream 69 - Headstrong (2017) / Eclipse - Monumentum (2017) / Europe - Walk The Earth (2017) / Operation: Mindcrime - The New Reality (2017) / Richie Sambora + Orianthi (RSO) – Making History (2017) / Blaze Bayley - The Redemption of William Black (2018) / Martina Edoff – We Will Align (2017) / Vandroya – Beyond The Human Mind (2017) / Angel Nation – Aeon (2017) / The Dark Element - The Dark Element (2017) / Little Caesar - Eight (2018) / Salty Dog - Lost Treasure (2018) / Shadowman - Secrets & Lies (2017) / Jeff Scott Soto - Retribution (2017) / Space Elevator – II (2018) / L.A. Guns - The Missing Peace (2017) / The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (2018) / Robert Plant - Carry Fire (2018) / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams (2018) / Roadcase Royale – First Thing First (2017) / Tokyo Motor Fist - Tokyo Motor Fist (2017) / Warrant – Louder Harder Faster (2017) / White Widdow - Silhouette (2016) / Creye - Creye (2018)
Liam Gallagher – As You Were (2017) / Masterplan – Pumpkings (2017) / The Radio Sun - Beautiful Strange (2018) / Dee Snider - For The Love Of Metal (2018) / Steel Panther - Lower The Bar (2017) / Michael Romeo - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1 (2018) / Treat - Tunguska (2018) / The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome (2016) / Tempt – Runaway (2016) / Judas Priest – Firepower (2018) / Ted Poley - Modern Art (2018)
Red Dragon Cartel - Patina (2018) / Reef - Revelation (2018) / William Shatner – Shatner Claus (2018)

GOOD
KXM - Scatterbrain (2017) / Revolution Saints – Light In The Dark (2017) / Spock’s Beard - Snow Live (2017) CD / Sweet & Lynch - Unified (2017) / Steve Walsh - Black Butterfly (2018) / Saxon - Thunderbolt (2018) / Yes - Topographic Drama: Live Across America (2017) / Myles Kennedy - Year Of The Tiger (2018) / Ammunition – Ammunition (2018) / Black Country Communion - BCC IV (2017) / Dead Daisies - Burn It Down (2018) / FM - Atomic Generation (2018) / Age Of Reflection - Age Of Reflection (2017) / Alice Cooper – Paranormal (2017) / Trillium - Tectonic (2018) – Vocalist Amanda Somerville / Styx – The Mission (2017) / Von Hertzen Brothers - War Is Over (2017) / Coheed And Cambria- The Unheavenly Creatures (2018) / Golden Caves – Collision (2017) / Uriah Heep – Living The Dream (2018) / Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (2018)

GREAT
Neal Morse - Life & Times (2018)
Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony (2017)
Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone (2018)
Dukes Of The Orient (2018)
Ghost – Prequelle (2018)
Jim Lea - Lost In Space (EP) (2018)
Wayward Sons - Ghosts Of Yet To Come (2017)
The Sea Within - The Sea Within (2018)
Flower Kings - Manifesto Of An Alchemist (2018)
Muse - Simulation Theory (2018)

SUPER GREAT
The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth (2017)
Wobbler - From Silence To Somewhere (2017) - one of Norway’s leading symphonic Prog bands
Kaipa - Children of the Sounds (2017)
Lifesigns - Cardington (2017)
Lonely Robot - The Big Dream (2017)
Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No (2017)
Arena – Double Vision (2018) CD
Steven Wilson - To the Bone (2017)
Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage (2017)
Mystery - Lies And Butterflies

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 3ish
Prog wins this year
Fish On Friday – Quiet Life (2017)
Gungfly - On Her Journey To The Sun (2017)
Spock’s Beard – Noise Floor (2018)
Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day (2017)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
The Aurora Project - Unspoken Words (2005) / Shadow Border (2009) / Selling The Aggression (2013)
Gungfly - Lamentations (2011) - Rikard Sjoblom (ex-Beardfish)
Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltry – Going Back Home (2014) / Lord Classic - Lord Classic (2015)
Epica - The Phantom Agony (2003) / The Divine Conspiracy (2007) / Design Your Universe (2009) / The Quantum Enigma (2014)
The Temperance Movement - The Temperance Movement (2013)
Wobbler – Afterglow (2009) / Rites At Dawn (2011)
Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl (2000)
Guillemots - Through the Windowpane (2006) / Walk the River (2011) / Hello Land! (2012)
Massive – Full Throttle (2014) / Eclipse - Armageddonize (2015)
Find Me – Wings of Love (2013) / Dark Angel (2015)
Vixen - Live & Learn (2006)
Nelson – Lightning Strikes Twice (2010) / Peace Out (2015)
Quidam - The Time Beneath The Sky (2002) / SurREvival (2005) / Alone Together (2007) / Saiko (2012)
Enkelination – Tears Of Lust (2014) / Little Caesar - Amercian Dream (2012) / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015) / Millenium – Hourglass (2000) – feat Jorn Lande

The best
Pavlov’s Dog - Echo & Boo (2010)
Wobbler – Hinterland (2005)
Fish On Friday – Godspeed (2014) – Belgian prog /
Gungfly - Please Be Quiet (2009)

Best album from ages past
Noiseworks - Noiseworks (1987) / Touch (1988) / Love Versus Money (1991) CD
Target - Target (1976) / Captured (1977) / In Range (1979) – Featuring Jimi Jamison (R.I.P)
Nelson – Imaginator (1996) / The Silence Is Broken (1997) / Life (1999)
The Nelsons - Brother Harmony (1998)
Vixen - Vixen (1988) / Tangerine (1998)
The Nelsons - Brother Harmony (1998)
Quidam – Quidam (1996) / Sny aniołów (Angels' Dreams) (1998)
Pavlov’s Dog - Pampered Menial (1975) / At the Sound of the Bell (1976) / Has Anyone Here Seen Siegfried? (1980) / Lost in America (1990) - progressive AOR
Glass Tiger – The Thin Red Line (1986) / Diamond Sun (1988) / Simple Mission (1991)
Boulevard – Blvd (1988) / Into The Street (1990)
Zon - Back Down to Earth (1979) / I'm Worried About the Boys (1980)
Steve Lukather – Candyman (1994)

Zon - Astral Projector (1978)

Best best of album
Pretty Maids – The Best Of...Back To Back (1984-98)
David Soul – Looking Back: The Very Best of (aka Hutch (friend of Starsky)
Nickelback – The Best Of

Gig of the year
IN ORDER
Theatre
Beauty & The Beast @ Theatre Royal Sun 7 Jan
OMG Planet Circus @ Hucknall car boot site Thu 4 Jan
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde @ Theatre Royal Wed 21 Mar
Dracula @ Theatre Royal Wed 10 Oct
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain @ Theatre Royal Wed 6 June
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again @ Notts Arena Sun 9 Sep B9d1
A Comedy About A Bank Robbery @ Theatre Royal Thu 27 Sep

Music
Hello Again - Neil Diamond (Tribute) @ Concert Hall Fri 5 Jan
Bowie Experience (Tribute) @ Concert Hall Thu 25 Jan
Cutting Crew, Nik Kershaw, Go West @ Concert Hall Sat 24 Feb
Punky Meadows & Frank Dimino Of Angel @ Rock City, Basement Thu 18 Oct
Del Amitri @ Concert Hall Wed 25 July o-29
Seyes @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 15
Richie Kotzen @ Rescue Rooms Thu 21 Jun
Eric Martin @ Rock City, Basement Mon 22 Oct
Nickleback @ Notts Arena Sun 13 Mar
Epica @ Rock City Fri 6 Apr
Rockingham Day 1 - Mason Hill / Massive / Pink Cream 69 / Vixen @ The Level Fri 19 Oct
Rockingham Day 2 – Departed / Wildness / Big Foot / Ammunition / Boulevard / Tokyo Motor Fist / Nelson @ The Level Sat 20 Oct
Rockingham Day 3 - Creye / Age Of Reflection / White Widdow / Find Me / Glass Tiger / Pretty Maids / Warrant @ The Level Sun 21 Oct
Mystery + Midnight Sun @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 22 Apr
I.Q. @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sat 5 May
Magenta @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 8 Apr
Uriah Heep & Von Hertzen Bros @ Rock City Sat 15 Dec
Gomez @ Rock City Wed 25 Apr
Sons Of Apollo @ Rescue Rooms Sun 8th Jul
Saxon + Doro + Wayward Sons @ Concert Hall Sat 10 Nov
Def Leppard + Cheap Trick @ Notts Arena Sat 8 Dec
Yes Wed 14 Mar @ Sheffield City Hall
An Evening with King Crimson Wed 7 Nov @ Concert Hall
Spock’s Beard + The Flower Kings @ Machester Academy Club Mon 10 Dec

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Muse – Drones Tour
Hotel Transylvania 3 (with Ben)
Coco (with Ben)
Smallfoot (with Ben)
Early Man (with Ben)
Peter Rabbit (with Ben)
Pacific Rim Uprising
The Predator
The Commuter
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Mortal Engines
The Shape Of Water
Bumblebee
A Quiet Place
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Aquaman
Black Panther
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Deadpool 2
Avengers: Infinity War

Film on TV
Final Recall / Bill / Resident Evil: The Final Chapter / Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage / Maleficent / This is Your Death / Fear Inc / Chips: Law And Disorder / King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword / Escape Room / Sicario / The Mummy / Monster Family / The Take / Cult of Chucky / Annihilation / Numb / The Ones Below / Eat Locals / The Belko Experiment / Creep 2 / Day Of The Dead: Bloodline / Snatched / Where’s The Money? / The Hurricane Heist / Day of the Dead: Bloodline / Patient Seven / Anon / The Snowman / Aliens Invasion S.U.M. 1 / The Midnight Man / Flatliners (2017) / B & B / The Rezort / 2:22 / Don’t Hang Up / Fun Mom Dinner / Final Score / Guardians Of The Tomb / Insidious: The Last Key / Downsizing / Sex Bot / The Funhouse Massacre / From A House On Willow Street / Murder On The Orient Express (2017) / Father Figures / The Christmas Chronicles / I Kill Giants / Killing Gunther / Naked

GOOD
T2: Trainspotting / Table 19 / Ghost In The Shell / John Wick Chapter 2 / Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge / The Lego Batman Movie & Shaun The Sheep Movie / Upside Down / A Cure For Wellness / Baywatch / The Cloverfeild Paradox / Fast & Furious 8 / Killing Hasselhoff / Our Kind Of Traitor / Double Date / Batman: The Killing Joke / Rough Night / Batman: Assault on Arkham / Atomic Blonde / Sinister 2 / The Dark Tower / Girls Trip / Mother! / Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders / ABCs of Death 2 / The Week Of / The Layover / The Night Watchmen / Annabelle: Creation / Before I Wake / Geostorm / Happy Death Day / The Void / The Vault / Last Shift / The Package
The Mountain Between Us / Kingsman: The Golden Circle / The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time / Canaries / The Lego Ninjago Movie / The Little Hours / Game Night / Clown

GREAT
Fist Fight / Get Out / Creep (2014) / Dunkirk / Solace / Cargo / Father Of The Year / Eddie The Eagle / Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle / Daddy’s Home 2 / TAU / Cold Skin

SUPERDOOPER
Baby Driver
Train To Busan
The Voices
Whatever Happened To Monday

Best DVD bought
Home Alone
Peter Rabbit - Because Max loves it so much

Book read
Noddy Holder – Who’s Crazee Now?

Top purchase
Garden rake
Sage By Heston Blumenthal The Nutri Juicer
Magican Can opener
Bathroom scales
JVC Bluetooth speaker
Integral Courier 32 GB USB Flash Drive-Blue
Super king mattress
Virgin Media new hub
8ft trampoline
The Hobbit Board Game
A day at the spa
Egg slicer

If I had got round to playing Betrayal At The House On The Hill Board Game it might have been that. But for now it’s the keep the kids happy in summer 8ft trampoline


For 2019 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 16 gigs lined up and young boy going to school full time.

(2 Minkeys | Join the zoo)

Sunday, December 30th, 2018
9:36 pm - BEST OF DECEMBER 2K18
Christmas. Xmas. Crimbo + about 6 visits to Santa

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Flower Kings - Manifesto Of An Alchemist (2018)
Judas Priest – Firepower (2018)
Ted Poley - Modern Art (2018)
Muse - Simulation Theory (2018)
Red Dragon Cartel - Patina (2018)
Reef - Revelation (2018)
William Shatner – Shatner Claus (2018)

Mystery - Lies And Butterflies (2018)

Gig of the Month
Def Leppard + Cheap Trick Sat 8 Dec @ Notts Arena
Spock’s Beard + The Flower Kings @ Machester Academy Club Mon 10 Dec
Uriah Heep + Von Hertzen Bros @ Rock City Sat 15 Dec

Cinema Film Of The Month
Mortal Engines
Bumblebee
Aquaman

Film on TV
Father Figures
The Christmas Chronicles
I Kill Giants
Killing Gunther
Naked

Clown

Book read
Noddy Holder – Who’s Crazee Now?

Top purchase
Egg slicer

January has 3 days off work, the circus, a pantomime and a 3 nighter in Butlin’s Minehead.

(Join the zoo)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
8:27 pm - BEST OF NOVEMBER 2K18
Butlins. Coughing. Naughty children. Well behaved children. Ben’s 5th birthday.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Coheed And Cambria- The Unheavenly Creatures (2018)
Golden Caves – Collision (2017)
The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome (2016)
Tempt – Runaway (2016)
Uriah Heep – Living The Dream (2018)
Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (2018)
Wayward Sons - Ghosts Of Yet To Come (2017) - Toby (Little Angels) Jepson

The Sea Within - The Sea Within (2018) Super prog with Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Tom Brislin, Daniel Gildenlow , Casey McPherson (Flying Colors)

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Steve Lukather – Candyman (1994)

Gig of the Month
2 very different evenings
An Evening With King Crimson @ Notts Concert Hall Wed 7 Nov T1M48
Wayward Sons + Doro + Saxon @ Concert Hall Sat 10 Nov M36-37

Cinema Film Of The Month
Smallfoot
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Film on TV
Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
Game Night

Top purchase
A day at the spa

December has 4 and 2 half days off work, and 3 gigs, one of which is in Manchester :o

(Join the zoo)

Sunday, October 28th, 2018
10:22 pm - BEST OF OCTOBER 2K18
Return of the gym :o Rockingham. Butlins.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Creye - Creye (2018)
Liam Gallagher – As You Were (2017)
Jim Lea - Lost In Space (EP) (2018)
Masterplan – Pumpkings (2017)
Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage (2017)
The Radio Sun - Beautiful Strange (2018)
Dee Snider - For The Love Of Metal (2018)
Steel Panther - Lower The Bar (2017)
Michael Romeo - War Of The Worlds / Pt. 1 (2018)
Treat - Tunguska (2018)

Jim Lea - Lost In Space (EP) (2018) shows me that he still has the writing chops, imagine of Noddy Holder was still performing, an impossible dream.
I enjoyed Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage (2017) move than I probably should have.

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Zon - Astral Projector (1978) / Back Down to Earth (1979) / I'm Worried About the Boys (1980)

Gig of the Month
Theatre
Dracula @ Theatre Royal Wed 10 Oct T3

Music
Punky Meadows & Frank Dimino Of Angel @ Rock City, Basement Thu 18 Oct
Rockingham Day 1 - Mason Hill / Massive / Pink Cream 69 / Vixen @ The Level Fri 19 Oct
Rockingham Day 2 – Departed / Wildness / Big Foot / Ammunition / Boulevard / Tokyo Motor Fist / Nelson @ The Level Sat 20 Oct
Rockingham Day 3 - Creye / Age Of Reflection / White Widdow / Find Me / Glass Tiger / Pretty Maids / Warrant @ The Level Sun 21 Oct
Eric Martin @ Rock City, Basement Mon 22 Oct

Cinema Film Of The Month
Depends if I get to go at Butlins

Film on TV
Insidious: The Last Key
Downsizing
Sex Bot
The Funhouse Massacre
From A House On Willow Street

Cold Skin

Top purchase
Garden rake, woooo!

November has 3 days off work, and 2 gigs

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Sunday, September 30th, 2018
2:13 pm - BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2K18
The kids going to school (or pretend pre-school)

Best album from recent times (3 years)
L.A. Guns - The Missing Peace (2017)
The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (2018)
Robert Plant - Carry Fire (2018)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams (2018)
Roadcase Royale – First Thing First (2017) Nancy Wilson's new band
Tokyo Motor Fist - Tokyo Motor Fist (2017)
Warrant – Louder Harder Faster (2017)
White Widdow - Silhouette (2016)

Dukes Of The Orient (2018) – John (Asia) Payne with keyboardist Erik (lana Lane) Norlander
Ghost – Prequelle (2018)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Millenium – Hourglass (2000) – feat Jorn Lande

Gig of the Month
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again @ Notts Arena Sun 9 Sep
A Comedy About A Bank Robbery @ Theatre Royal Thu 27 Sep

Cinema Film Of The Month
The Predator

Film on TV
Fun Mom Dinner
The Little Hours
Final Score
Guardians Of The Tomb
Daddy’s Home 2
TAU

Top purchase
Super king mattress – Firmer than the previous.


October has 7.5 days off work, a 3 day melodic rock festival and Butlins.

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Friday, August 31st, 2018
9:43 pm - BEST OF AUGUST 2K18
Holiday in Hungary, 2 family birthday parties for Max who turned 3

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Angel Nation – Aeon (2017)
The Dark Element - The Dark Element (2017) - Featuring Anette Olzon
Little Caesar - Eight (2018)
Salty Dog ¬- Lost Treasure (2018)
Shadowman - Secrets & Lies (2017) - Featuring members of FM, Heartland & Thunder
Jeff Scott Soto - Retribution (2017)
Space Elevator – II (2018)
Styx – The Mission (2017)
Von Hertzen Brothers - War Is Over (2017)

Steven Wilson - To the Bone (2017)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Enkelination – Tears Of Lust (2014)
Little Caesar - Amercian Dream (2012)

Pavlov’s Dog - Echo & Boo (2010) - progressive AOR

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Pavlov’s Dog - Pampered Menial (1975) / At the Sound of the Bell (1976) / Has Anyone Here Seen Siegfried? (1980) / Lost in America (1990) - progressive AOR

Best best of album
David Soul – Looking Back: The Very Best of (aka Hutch (friend of Starsky)

Gig of the Month
I didn’t do any :o

Cinema Film Of The Month
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Hotel Transylvania 3

Film on TV
The Rezort
The Void
The Vault
Last Shift
The Package
The Mountain Between Us
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
2:22
Don’t Hang Up
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time
Canaries
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Canaries

Whatever Happened To Monday

Best DVD bought
Peter Rabbit

Top purchase
All of Max’s bday presents

September has 0.5 days off work, 2 theatre gigs, the boys starting school (reception and school nursery).

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
9:55 pm - BEST OF JULY 2018
Escape room, being paid to eat chocolate, melting in the heat, a wedding doo, a BBQ with rain.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Arena – Double Vision (2018) CD
Blaze Bayley - The Redemption of William Black (2018)
Martina Edoff – We Will Align (2017)
Lonely Robot - The Big Dream (2017)
Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No (2017)
Trillium - Tectonic (2018) – Vocalist Amanda Somerville
Vandroya – Beyond The Human Mind (2017)

Great stuff from Lonely Robot & Nad Sylvan but even through it was a grower I enjoyed Arena – Double Vision (2018) CD

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Nelson – Lightning Strikes Twice (2010) / Peace Out (2015)
Quidam - The Time Beneath The Sky (2002) / SurREvival (2005) / Alone Together (2007) / Saiko (2012)

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
The Nelsons - Brother Harmony (1998)
Quidam – Quidam (1996) / Sny aniołów (Angels' Dreams) (1998)

Gig of the Month
Sons Of Apollo @ Rescue Rooms Sun 8th Jul
Del Amitri @ Notts Concert Hall Wed 25 July O-29

Cinema Film Of The Month
Muse – Drones Tour

Film on TV
Before I Wake
The Snowman
Aliens Invasion S.U.M. 1
The Midnight Man
Flatliners (2017)
Geostorm
Happy Death Day
B & B
Father Of The Year

Eddie The Eagle - Nice feelgood movie

Top purchase
The Hobbit Board Game – Already played once and we liked it. Has a bit of re-playability.
Betrayal At The House On The Hill Board Game – Never played but like the look of it. Lots of replayability.

August has 11 days off work, a holiday in Hungary, but 0 gigs :o

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Saturday, June 30th, 2018
10:12 pm - BEST OF JUNE 2018
Bad knee, working nights, eating, dieting.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Age Of Reflection - Age Of Reflection (2017)
Alice Cooper – Paranormal (2017)
Eclipse - Monumentum (2017)
Europe - Walk The Earth (2017)
Operation: Mindcrime - The New Reality (2017)
Richie Sambora + Orianthi (RSO) – Making History (2017)
Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony (2017)

Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone (2018)
Lifesigns - Cardington (2017)
Spock’s Beard – Noise Floor (2018) CD is brill but surprisingly Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day (2017) is more progressively interesting

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Eclipse - Armageddonize (2015)
Find Me – Wings of Love (2013) / Dark Angel (2015)
Vixen - Live & Learn (2006)

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Nelson – Imaginator (1996) / The Silence Is Broken (1997) / Life (1999)
The Nelsons - Brother Harmony (1998)
Vixen - Vixen (1988) / Tangerine (1998)

Gig of the Month
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain @ Theatre Royal Wed 6 June
Richie Kotzen @ Rescue Rooms Thu 21 Jun

Cinema Film Of The Month
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Film on TV
Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Mother!
Patient Seven
Anon
Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders
ABCs of Death 2
The Week Of
The Layover
The Night Watchmen

Annabelle: Creation (good jumpy horror)
Solace (good psychic serial killer hunter)
Cargo (good zombie in the Outback)

Top purchase
No money left to buy anything interesting

July has 1 days off work, and only 1 gig

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Sunday, May 27th, 2018
7:00 pm - BEST OF MAY 2018
Poorly throat/chest, poorly knee, but lots of sunshine fun with the kids.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Ammunition – Ammunition (2018)
Big Foot - Big Foot (2017)
Black Country Communion - BCC IV (2017)
Creye – Straight To The Top (2017) (EP)
Dead Daisies - Burn It Down (2018)
Richie Kotzen - Salting Earth (2017)
Massive – Destination Somewhere (2016)
The Dead Daisies, The – Burn It Down (2018)
Leaves' Eyes - Sign Of The Dragonhead (2018)
Pink Cream 69 - Headstrong (2017)
FM - Atomic Generation (2018)

Fish On Friday – Quiet Life (2017) – Belgian prog

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Boulevard – Blvd (1988) / Into The Street (1990)
Guillemots - Through the Windowpane (2006) / Walk the River (2011) / Hello Land! (2012)
Massive – Full Throttle (2014)

Fish On Friday – Godspeed (2014) – Belgian prog

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Pretty Maids – The Best Of...Back To Back (1984-98)

Gig of the Month
I.Q. @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sat 5 May
Nickleback @ Notts Arena Sun 13 May

Cinema Film Of The Month
Deadpool 2
Solo: A Star Wars Story - I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Film on TV
Snatched
Double Date
Batman: The Killing Joke
Rough Night
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Where’s The Money?
The Hurricane Heist
Atomic Blonde
Sinister 2
The Dark Tower
Girls Trip

Dunkirk for the action and The Voices for Ryan Renolyds darkly comic schico heads in fridge murder fun.

Top purchase
8ft trampoline (but for the kids only)

June has 1 days off work, and 2 gigs

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Monday, April 30th, 2018
4:33 pm - BEST OF APRIL 2018
Far away Sunday night prog gigs. Sunshine. A family wedding.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Chris Bay – Chasing The Sun (2018)
Blood Red Saints – Love Hate & Conspiracies (2018)
Janet Gardner – Janet Gardner (2017)
Mason Hill - Mason Hill (EP) (2016)
Myles Kennedy - Year Of The Tiger (2018)
Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection (2016)
Wildness – Wildness (2017)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Harris, Emmylou – Red Dirt Girl (2000)
Glass Tiger – The Thin Red Line (1986) / Diamond Sun (1988) / Simple Mission (1991)

Best best of album (Y2K-)
Nickelback – The Best Of

Gig of the Month
Epica @ Rock City Fri 6 Apr
Magenta @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 8 Apr – Performing We Are Legend & Seven
Seyes @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 15 Apr – Performing CTTE
Mystery + Damian Wilson + Midnight Sun @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 22 Apr
Gomez @ Rock City Wed 25 Apr – Performing Bring It On

Don’t tell anyone, but I enjoyed the non prog band the most
Gomez @ Rock City Wed 25 Apr – Performing Bring It On
Although Magenta was close.

Cinema Film Of The Month
Peter Rabbit
A Quiet Place
Avengers: Infinity War

Film on TV
The Ones Below
Eat Locals
The Belko Experiment
Creep (2014)
Creep 2
Train To Busan (Korean zombies on a train)
Day Of The Dead: Bloodline

Top purchase
JVC Bluetooth speaker

May has 3 days off work, 2 gigs and more Butlins fun :)

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Sunday, April 1st, 2018
8:21 am - BEST OF MARCH 2018
Snow! Sun!

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale (2016)
Epica - The Holographic Principle (2016) / The Solace System (EP) (2017)
Magnum - Lost On The Road To Eternity (2018)
Neal Morse - Life & Times (2018)
The Poodles - Prisma (2018)
Saxon - Thunderbolt (2018)
The Temperance Movement - A Deeper Cut (2018)
Wobbler - From Silence To Somewhere (2017) - one of Norway’s leading symphonic Prog bands
Yes - Topographic Drama: Live Across America (2017)

Kaipa - Children of the Sounds (2017)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Epica - The Phantom Agony (2003) / The Divine Conspiracy (2007) / Design Your Universe (2009) / The Quantum Enigma (2014)
The Temperance Movement - The Temperance Movement (2013)
Wobbler – Hinterland (2005) / Afterglow (2009) / Rites At Dawn (2011) - one of Norway’s leading symphonic Prog bands

Gig of the Month
Music
Yes @ Sheffield City Hall Wed 14 Mar

Theatre
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde @ Theatre Royal Wed 21 Mar

Cinema Film Of The Month
The Shape Of Water
Pacific Rim Uprising

Film on TV
Monster Family
Our Kind Of Traitor
The Take
Cult of Chucky
Annihilation
Numb
Baby Driver

Top purchase
Bathroom scales, so I can see what I‘m not losing

April has 0.5 days off work, 5 gigs, and maybe a new car :o

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Thursday, March 1st, 2018
8:43 pm - BEST OF FEBRUARY 2018
Ben’s first cinema experience which he handled rather well.

Best album from recent times (3 years)
Boulevard - IV: Luminescence (2017)
Fabio Lione & Alessandro Conti - Lione/Conti (2018)
Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (2018)
Mark Slaughter - Halfway There (2017)
Spock’s Beard - Snow Live (2017) CD
Sweet & Lynch - Unified (2017)
Steve Walsh - Black Butterfly (2018)

Gungfly - On Her Journey To The Sun (2017) - Rikard Sjoblom (ex-Beardfish)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
Gungfly - Please Be Quiet (2009) / Lamentations (2011) - Rikard Sjoblom (ex-Beardfish)
Wilko Johnson / Roger Daltry – Going Back Home (2014)
Lord Classic - Lord Classic (2015)

Best album from ages past (Y2K-)
Noiseworks - Noiseworks (1987) / Touch (1988) / Love Versus Money (1991) CD
Target - Target (1976) / Captured (1977) / In Range (1979) – Featuring Jimi Jamison (R.I.P)

Gig of the Month
Cutting Crew, Nik Kershaw, Go West @ Notts Concert Hall Sat 24 Feb

Cinema Film Of The Month
Early Man (with Ben)
Black Panther
Coco (with Ben)

Film on TV
A Cure For Wellness
Chips: Law And Disorder
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
Baywatch
Escape Room
The Cloverfeild Paradox
Sicario
Fast & Furious 8
Killing Hasselhoff
The Mummy

Enjoyed Baywatch, The Cloverfeild Paradox, Killing Hasselhoff and A Cure For Wellness

Top purchase
Sage By Heston Blumenthal The Nutri Juicer - I’m not keen on juiced stuff (too frothy) but Mrs B likes it.
Integral Courier 32 GB USB Flash Drive-Blue – Because My old one is falling apart after a decade.

March has 1.5 days off work, 2 gigs

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