Boo Who? (baggy) wrote,
Boo Who?
baggy

BEST OF 2015

BEST OF 2014
This year I:
Saw Ben grinning, family cottage weekend, Ben swimming, Ben left alone with me, Ben left alone with his grandparents, Ben moving into his own room.
Family get-togethers, Ben’s first infection and house improvement planning :o
New garage roof and door, a couple of gigs with The Wife, fun with nieces and nephew, family get-togethers.
Night out with work, day out at soft play experience, village fete, looking after the boy while his mummy goes to Baby showers and hen doo, rabbit shed moving, BBQ.
50th anniversary doo, neighbours wedding (baby free), Daddy’s day,caravan village holiday with the in-laws.
Ben’s first awake trip to the animal farm. The arrival of the twin nephews. The completion of our new conservatory. Adding a gate to the back fence. Ben sitting up all by himself :)
Meeting my new twin nephews, seeing my other niece and nephew, death in the family, Baby Ben’s cake smash, dentist, Wife back to work, Dad finish work, a school reunion wedding.
Funeral, 6 year old birthday party, emigration party.
Ben starting to crawl and climb and stand up against things :o
A week in Wales, the whole family getting ill, Ben standing up against things and sticking his tongue out a lot, 1 all weekend gig
Teenagers invading the house, Twin nephew christening, Ben turning 1 :o
Dressing Ben in Crimbo outfits he’ll only wear once, a mini party featuring 3,2,1 and 0 year olds, Crimbo, time off work.

Best album of recent times
GOOD
Paul McCartney – New (2013) / Black Country Communion - Afterglow (2012) / Place Vendome - Thunder In The Distance (2013) / Magnum – Escape From The Shadow Garden (2014) CD / Maragold – Maragold (2013) / Alien - Eternity (2014) / Overland - Epic (2014) / California Breed - California Breed (2014) / Diesel – Into The Fire (2014) / Electric Boys – Starflight United (2014) / The Treatment – Running With The Dogs (2014) / The Trews – The Trews (2014) / A.C.T. - Circus Pandemonium (2014) CD / Asia - Gravitas (2014) / Brother Firetribe - Diamonds In The Firepit (2014) / H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down The Walls (2014) CD / Tesla - Simplicity (2014) / KXM – KXM (2014) / Night Ranger – High Road (2014) / Gotthard – Bang (2014) / Adrenaline Mob – Men Of Honour (2014) / Arc Angel - Harlequins of Light (2013) / Sebastian Bach - Give 'Em Hell (2014) / Kompendium - Beneath the Waves (2012) / Loud Lion – Die Tough (2014) / Grand Design - Thrill Of The Night (2014) / Vanden Plas - Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld (Path 1) (2014) CD

GREAT
Black Sabbath - 13 (2013)
Stratovarius – Nemesis (2013)
IQ - The Road of Bones (2014) CD
Von Hertzen Brothers – Nine Lives (2013)
Yes – Heaven & Earth (2014) CD
Sonata Arctica - Pariah's Child (2014)
Ginger – 555% (2012)
Stan Bush – The Ultimate (2014)
The Tea Party- The Ocean at the End (2014)
Work Of Art – Framework (2014)
Saga – Sagacity (2014)

SUPER GREAT
The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose (2013) CD
Magenta - The Twenty Seven Club (2013) CD
Transatlantic – Kaleidoscope (2014) CD
Presto Ballet - Relic Of The Modern World (2012) New singer Chuck Campbell
Royal Hunt - A Life to Die For (2013)

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 3
Thought Chamber – Psykerion (2013) – The different musical styles within the songs and superb vocals of Ted (Enchant,Spock’s Beard) Leonard make this album great.
Fish - A Feast Of Consequences (2013) is great, one of his best for me in recent releases.
The winner is Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus (2014) which while being a solo album has some proper Jethro Tull tones about it.

Best album from ages past
Royal Hunt - The Watchers (2001) Eyewitness (2003) / Sextus – Devil Angel (2010) / Shy - Misspent Youth (1989) / Ten – Stormwarning (2010) / Autograph - Sign In Please (1984) / Touch - II (1982) / The Blessing - Prince of the Deep Water (1991)
Stan Bush - Stan Bush (1983) + Every Beat of My Heart (1992) + Dial 818 888-8638 (1993) + The Child Within (1996) + Call to Action (1997) + Language of the Heart (2001) + Shine (2004) / Giant - Promise Land (2010) / Big Star - #1 Record (1972) + Radio City (1974) / Grand Design - Time Elevation (2009) + Idolizer (2011) / The Tea Party - The Tea Party (1991) + The Edges of Twilight (1995) + Transmission (1997) + Triptych (1999) + The Interzone Mantras (2001) + Seven Circles (2004)

Special mention for Yes - The Studio Albums (1969-1987) - Re-masterered with bonus tracks: Some nice, some not really needed (eg, Owner Of A Lonely Heart extended mix) But £30 for 13 CDs in a nice box is pretty good going.

TOP 6
Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited (1996)
Sextus – Stranger Than Fiction (2008)
Touch – Touch (1980)
Black ‘N’ Blue - Black 'N Blue (1984)
Stan Bush - Every Beat of My Heart (1992)
Stan Bush - Call to Action (1997)

Best best of album
Leonard Cohen - The Essential Leonard Cohen / Prince – The Very Best Of (1982-91) / Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - The Best Of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (1976-80) / The Beach Boys - Platinum Collection - Sounds Of Summer Edition (1963-79) / Stevie Nicks: Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (1981-2001) / Crosby, Stills & Nash - CSN 1968-90 (4 CDbox set)
Noiseworks - Greatest Hits (1987-91)

Gig of the year
Music
Del Amitri (+ The O’s) Friday 31 Jan @ Nottingham Concert Hall
Tarja @ Rock City Wed 12 Feb
Royal Hunt @ Sheffield Corporation Thur 6 Mar
The Feeling @ Rock City Thur 13 Mar
FM / Europe / Foreigner @ Notts Concert Hall Mon 7th April
Magnum @ Rock City Mon 28 April
Rick Wakeman Friday 2 May @ Nottingham Concert Hall – Performing Journey To The Centre Of the Earth
Eagles Wednesday 28 May @ Birmingham Arena – Don Henley is brill & Joe Walsh rocks.
Yes Wednesday 2 May @ Sheffield City Hall – because it was interesting to see them with the new vocalist and performing the albums Close To The Edge, Going For The One & The Yes Album.
Hall & Oates Sunday 6th July @ Concert Hall Nottingham
The Queen Extravaganza @ Rock City Fri 12 September
Firefest Friday (Angels Or Kings, Redrum, Circus Maximus, Shy, The Poodles, Ten, Heat) @ Rock City 25th October
Firefest Saturday Rage Of Angels, From The Fire, Boulevard, Babylon Ad, Pretty Maids, Back ‘N’ Blue, Firehouse @ Rock City 26th October
Firefest Sunday (Axxis, Cita / Guild Of Ages, Touch, Brother Firetribe, Autograph, Danger Danger) @ Rock City 27th October
Friday was the best day overall and top bands were Circus Maximus, Shy, The Poodles, Ten, Heat, Boulevard, Back ‘N’ Blue, Touch, Brother Firetribe
Robert Plant @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall Friday 21 Nov
Peter Gabriel @ LG Arena Birmingham Friday 28th Nov – Performing ‘So’.
Gogol Bordello + Mariachi El Bronx @ Rock City Nottingham Sunday 14 Dec

TOP 5
Rick Wakeman Friday 2 May @ Nottingham Concert Hall – Performing Journey To The Centre Of the Earth
FM / Europe / Foreigner @ Notts Concert Hall Mon 7th April
Yes Wednesday 2 May @ Sheffield City Hall – with the new vocalist and performing the albums Close To The Edge, Going For The One & The Yes Album.
Peter Gabriel @ LG Arena Birmingham Friday 28th Nov – Performing ‘So’.
Royal Hunt @ Sheffield Corporation Thur 6 Mar – I just love DC Coopers voice and the intimacy (of the gig)

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Inbetweeners 2
The Raid 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Hobbit: Battle Of The 5 Armies
Guardians Of The Galaxy - Marvel goes Sci-Fi and does it with great comedy, heart and action.

Film on TV
The Seasoning House / Alter Egos / Olympus Has Fallen / Jack The Giant Slayer / The Host / The Purge / Deadfall / Fast & Furious 6 / Hammer Of The Gods / The Smurfs 2 / Our Idiot Brother / The Lone Ranger / VHS 2 / Pain & Gain / Fright Night 2: New Blood / Whitehouse Down / The Hunger Games / The Heat / The Divide / Sharknado 2: The Second One / Monster’s University / Night Of The Creeps (1986) / R.I.P.D. / Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 / One Chance / Man On A Ledge / Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues / The Harry Hill Movie / Red Lights / All Is Lost / 47 Ronin / Room 237 / The Call / I, Frankenstein / Shame The Devil / Rec 3: Genesis / Cheap Thrills / Muppets Most Wanted / American Hustle / Frozen

TOP 14
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
We’re The Millers
Trance
The Conjuring
21 And Over
The East
Bad Grandpa
Despicable Me 2
Violet And Daisy
Oldboy
Last Vegas
American Mary
Frozen
Time Lapse

Best DVD bought
The Campaign (2012) – Actually a Mother’s day gift from Ben to his Mummy
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Captain America: the Winter Soldier (2014)
Thor 2: The Dark World (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Music
Romeo's Daughter Alive

Top purchase
Ben’s SwimAva – (A inflatable ring that goes round his neck)
Fence to keep the rabbits in an even smaller location away from the main garden which will be for the children but don’t worry the buns still have their shed
Once Upon A Time – Seems to be the most imaginative
Gloom – best game play
7 step ladder (for painting the high bits of the conservatory
Conservatory blinds (to stop the riff-raff looking in)
Day at the Zoo just beats Day at the Spa as it was with baby Ben as well as Mrs B :)
Kel bought a NutraBullet high speed blender thingy. Mainly for vegfruit smoothies but I wonder if I could whip up a good milkshake in it.
Toys for Ben – Especially the Alphabet Train. Keeps him quiet, ish! :)
Toys for Ben (Walker, spiral garage thingy, bounce and spin zebra, Iggle Piggle) :)

TOP 9
Zombie Gnome for the front ‘garden’ slate pit.
Magnetic Fridge whiteboard because Ben can make me forget that I need to buy more tin foil.
New garage roof and door
Large 2 seat leather sofa for the conservatory
Leather chair with electric controlled foot rest / recliner for the conservatory
Fence to keep the rabbits in an even smaller location away from the main garden which will be for the children but don’t worry the buns still have their shed
Blender

A drawer between the 5x3m conservatory which is much needed space and Cards Against Humanity which is a most funny bad taste card game.

For 2015 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 2 gigs.
Most importantly I see a 1 year old little boy grow into a 2 year old slightly bigger boy :)
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