Wow, almost New Year's Eve already - time for what seems to be the "normal" thing to do:
A Review of 2015
This has actually been a pretty good year.
Of course, there have been Highs and Lows.
I have written elsewhere about my year of giggery, I have been lucky enough to see some terrific acts both big and small.
Two CDs stand out for me this year.
"Mount The Air" by The Unthanks
"Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit" by Courtney Barnett
Both very different, but both brilliant
Comings and goings
On a personal level, there was much sadness with the passing in March my long-term feline friend Thomas.
This has been offset by
My Mum is still chugging on, despite the inadequacies of the care services.
James and girlfriend Tara have moved into their first house as co-mortgagees.
Both James and Chris have been promoted at work
Scouting has had a successful year for our pack.
Several Cubs have achieved the top award - The Cub Scout Silver Award.
We managed to win the District Cooking Competition and then came second at the County Final.
Membership numbers are on the up.
All of which bodes well for Cub Scout Centenary Year in 2016.
Come On You Gunners
My beloved Arsenal did good.
The FA Cup Final was a one sided affair in May and Arsenal lifted the trophy.
As 2015 passes, the sit at the top of the Premier League (on goal difference)
The atrocities in Paris have been shocking - we must stand firm if our freedoms are not to be diminished.
2016 is already shaping up to be a good one, I might not make it to Glastonbury but I am looking forward to it.
Let's enjoy it and let's take care out there.
This is my 2015 in terms of full gigs and festival shows I have been lucky enough to get to. It has been a good year again and I have seen some exciting new acts as well as old friends.
28/1 Emmy The Great
11/2 Colour Me Wednesday, The Tuts, Spoonboy, 12/2 Rae Morris (1)
7/3 The Young'uns, The Unthanks,
27/3 Fraser A. Gorman, Courtney Barnett (1)
14/4 My Babies, Seasick Steve, 24/4 Reginald D. Hunter, Sara Pascoe & others
27/5 The Dunwells, NEEDTOBREATHE
26/6 Glastonbury: The Weaves, Hinds, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Wolf Alice, Wilko Johnson, Thea Gilmore, Billy Bragg (1)
27/6 Glastonbury: The Unthanks (2), Courtney Barnett (2), Burt Bacharach, La Femme, Courtney Barnett (3), Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack and Andy Fairweather Low, The Moody Blues
27/6 Glastonbury: Denai Moore, Jack Garratt, Rae Morris (2), The Staves, Future Islands, Paul Weller, The Who
29/8 Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem
10/9 Ian Anderson, 29/9 Perluche, Willie J. Healey, Summer Camp
24/11 Duke Special, Billy Bragg (2), 25/11 Big Scary, Courtney Barnett (4), 28/11 Adam Double, Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
14/12 Stevie Parker, Meadowlark
I always enjoy live gigs, but big highlights included Burt Bacharach, Courtney Barnett, Hinds, La Femme, The Moody Blues and my finally seeing The Who at Glastonbury.
Rae Morris at The Electric Brixton, Courtney Barnett at The Forum and Jools & His Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall were also very special times.
There are already bookings in place for five gigs between next February and November.
Bring on 2016!
Not so much a blog... more a bit of a catchup over a cuppa
Hopefully wise without being a Wise Guy.