It’s been, interesting.
I also entertained myself with discs and gigs and other fun stuff.
Best CD of recent times purchased
Duke Special – Songs From The Deep Forest
Michael Kiske – Kiske
Kaipa - Angling Feelings
Megadeth - United Aboninations
Three - The End Is Begun
Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
Jim Whild Lea - Therapy
L.E.O. - Alpacas Orgling
Pagan's Mind - God's Equation
REO Speedwagon - Find Your Own Way Home
The Storys - Town Beyond The Trees
Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad
Pain Of Salvation – Scarsick
Journey - Revelations
Voodoo Hill- Wild Seeds Of Mother Earth
Sieges Even – Paramount
Gomez – How We Operate
Asia – Phoenix
Ayreon – 01011001
Robert Plant And Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
RPWL - The RPWL Experience
The Tangent - Not As Good As The Book
Rush - Snakes And Arrows: Live
Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
I needed to mention all of those as I just couldn’t not.
The best for me out of those were James Blunt – All The Lost Souls, Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden, Circus Maximus – Isolate, The Feeling – Join With Us, Tobias Sammet's Avantasia - The Scarecrow, Extreme - Saudades De Rock, Thought Chamber - Angular Perceptions.
The very best were
Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad – A return to form.
Pain Of Salvation – Scarsick – prog metal with a difference.
RPWL - The RPWL Experience – The spirit of Floyd lives.
Journey – Revelations – The new guy really is very good.
Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos - After the previous album didn’t quite grasp me this one did.
Best CD from ages past purchased
Sieges Even – The Art Of Navigating By The Stars
BB King - 80
Kings X - Faith Hope Love
The Travelling Wilburys - Collection
10cc - Look Hear
Vixen - Rev It Up
Lou Reed - Berlin
Jones Gang – Any Day Now
Bryan Adams – Into The Fire
The Almighty - Soul Destruction
Tori Amos - Little Earthquake
Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains
Moody Blues - Long Distance Voyager
Jon Anderson - In The City Of Angels
Phenomena – Phenomena
AC/DC - High Voltage
Acoustic Ladyland - Last Chance Disco
Extreme - Pornograffitti
Alice Cooper - Trash
Some classics have been with me a while and now updated in my collection on CD and some are new to me like Lou Reed – Berlin, Graham Nash - Songs for Survivors & Robert Downey Jr - The Futurist which is the more recent of the olds (old being anything before 2005).
Other faves are Spin Doctors - Pocketfull Of Kyptonite, 10cc - How Dare You, AC/DC - Back In Black, Bryan Adams – Reckless.
Top of the tops are Billy Joel - Piano Man and maybe I’m turning AORy because I love Journey – Escape. These won’t appear on a Baggy best of again until a new format comes out or I do a best of the decade (which I probably will if I’m still here).
Best best of CD purchased
King Diamond – Best Of
Tears For Fears - Greatest Hits
Traffic – The Collection
Lisa Loeb - The Very Best Of
Lou Reed - The Very Best Of
Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
Survivor – Ultimate
Abba - Gold
A-Ha - Headlines & Deadlines. The Hits Of A-Ha
Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection
Alan Parsons - The Essential Alan Parsons Project (1976-87)
Glenn Hughes - This Time Around: An Anthology 1970-2007
John Lennon - Working Class Hero - The Definitive Collection
Judas Priest - 1973-1993: Metal Works
Alice Cooper - The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper
Jellyfish - Best! (an achievement seeming as it’s 1 disc and not as old as the rest)
Dream Theater - Greatest Hit (... & 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)
Slade - The Slade Box: A 4CD Anthology 1969-1991 because I just love their sound and many say that Noddy Holder is the best rock vocalist ever, or at least very unique.
Gig of the Year
A Deadly Nightcap
A Party to Murder
Holmes and the Ripper
Frank Sidebottom/Charlie Chuck
Best Of British Variety Tour - Cannon & Ball, Paul Daniels, Frank Carson, Jimmy Cricket and The Krankies
Sonarta Arta + Pagan’s Mind .
Def Leppard / Whitesnake
Thunder / Whitesnake / Def Leppard
Firefest - Pink Cream 69, Tyketto, White Sister, Danger Danger
SRF was once again a good experience (not including the heat and dust) especially Derringer, Coheed & Cambria, Pain Of Salvation, Whitesnake, Tesla, Royal Hunt and Avantasia.
Rick Astley deserves a mention because he’s Rick Astley.
Other brills were The Feeling, Asia, The Storys, Lou Reed (performing Berlin), The Moody Blues,James Blunt and Extreme (+Hot Leg).
Best 3 were Gomez, Ben Ottewell (from Gomez) (an intimate gig in a pub) and Journey probably because I was quite close to the front for all of them.
Cinema film of the Year
Sweeny Todd – Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Diary Of The Dead
Funny Games US
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Incredible Hulk
Faves - The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Wanted, The Forbidden Kingdom, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Best action comedys - Tropic Thunder, Zack & Miri Make A Porno
Best of the bunch: I keep going back and forth between The Dark Knight and Iron Man. Both heroes with a heap of money. Sometimes I go for Stark because of the added humour sometimes Wayne because of the darkness.
Film on TV
Let's Go To Prison
Lucky Number Slevin
The Wedding Crashers
Curse Of The Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia)
Hedwig & The Angry Inch
School For Scroundrels
Blades Of Glory
3:10 To Yuma
One Missed Call (Chakushin ari)
Something's Gotta Give
Hostel: Part 2
Evil Woman (aka Saving Silverman) – Neil Diamond
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Run Fatboy Run
Black Snake Moan
Best: World Trade Centre, Idiocracy, Willard, Seven Swords (Chat gim), Atonement,
The Thing and Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer which was visually stunning with an original dark story about smells.
Rewatched Film on TV
The Life Of David Gale
The Chronicles Of Riddick
War Of The Roses
Assult On Prescint 13
Best: Sin City, Predator 2, Hellboy, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
It’s tough to choose one but I think I’ll go for The Chronicles Of Riddick, but I feel guilty for not picking any of the others.
Best DVD bought
Shoot 'Em Up
The Devil's Backbone
Best: Lady In The Water, Sexy Beast, Dnevnoi Dozor (Day Watch), Rocketman, Catterick, Hot Fuzz.
I think Pan's Labyrinth will remain a classic for many years.
28 Weeks Later
Bridge to Terabithia (During which I narrowly escaped blubbing like a baby)
Nothing truly great but I did like the low budget love story Zombie Honeymoon, the gory 28 Weeks Later, the low budget time travel confusion of Primer and the intensity of Changling.
Planet Terror - Ah sweet Rose ;)
Superbad - McLovin! :)
Shoot 'Em Up
30 Days Of Night
Quantum Of Solace
The Dark Knight & Iron Man
First Aid at the workplace
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne
HP Lovecraft – Omnibus Volume One
Dawn Porter - Diaries of an Internet Lover
Marco Polo – The Travels Of Marco Polo
Sean Thomas - Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You: A Story of Life, Love and Internet Dating
Piers Anthony - Under A Velvet Cloak - because I have fond memories of the previous 7 books in the series.
Light reactive prescription glasses/sunglasses
Mirrored prescription sunglasses
Nice & Easy Summer Blonde SB1 hair colour
USB Memory Card Reader
Casio Gents Auto Illuminator Watch
DVD Recorder with Hard Drive
Panasonic 42" PLASMA TV
The Wii is my first proper gaming console in many years and will entertain me.
My new car (Ford Fiesta Ghia ‘07) has really grown on me. Especially the nifty electronic things.
But my best buy was the thing most men need – a Panasonic 42" PLASMA TV.
2009 has about 180 days at work,15 gigs so far, and another change/mutation.