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Inevitable end-of-year meme

01. Last meal eaten in 2013

I don't think it has a name, exactly. Leftover Not-Really-A-Surprise? It was beans and rice and mango and cumin and garlic and onion and peppers all cooked together, and it was very nice.

02. Last thing drunk

A mug of tea. I was going to say black tea, but it was red, so I can't really call it black. More darker red than usual. Mind you, ordinary tea is never really black either of course, so I really should just shut up. It was tea, anyway.

03. Last song/piece of music listened to

a-ha, The Summers Of Our Youth. Which sounds like quite a meaningful song to end a year on, but it was just coincidence, as I happened to have the album on.

04. Last television/film watched

The BBC's 2001 adaptation of The Lost World, which I hadn't seen since it aired over Christmas of that year. It's so good. If in doubt, dinosaurs. That's basically my philosophy of life.

05. Last book read

Neil Gaiman, American Gods, although I've only just started it. Last one finished reading would be Neil Gaiman again, Fortunately, The Milk..., which I recommend hugely. Seriously, read it. Especially the British edition, which has much better illustrations. It's a kids' book, but don't let them have all the fun. If you like Doctor Who-type stuff, read it read it.

06. Last thing bought

A nicely bright stripy rug.

07. Best new album

I think I've only bought one properly new album this year. The best one I bought would be The Traveling Wilburys's Volume I, but that's definitely not new. So it's Roger Taylor's Fun On Earth by default, although it would have a shot at the title anyway. I've been waiting for it since 1998, and it didn't disappoint, which is pretty impressive.

08. Best new TV

Probably The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, which was so perfect that I couldn't really have hoped for better for the Doctor's birthday. It's not really new TV though, being more Doctor Who, so I will go with Sleepy Hollow. I've been so delighted by that show. The cast is great, the premise is such fun, and I recommend it to anybody who likes slightly daft adventuring.

09. Best new film

Iron Man 3. Which again wins by default, as I don't think I've watched anything else new this year. I'm not too good with new. I can't imagine anything having bettered it though.

10. Best new book

It would have to be the afore-mentioned Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman. It's pure joy, seriously. I wish that I could have said the new Tememaire book, Blood Of Tyrants, but sadly that was a disappointment. Still, the odd numbered ones are always the best, so I have high hopes for #9 next year. Or technically this year now.

11. Best new song

Tempted to go with Sunny Day by Roger Taylor, which is probably my favourite song of the year. It's a reworking of an old one though, which rather disqualifies it. Likewise the new E Street Band reworking of High Hopes. So I will go with this one, because it's so good to see Boy George doing stuff this good. If there is any single advert for cleaning yourself up and leaving the drugs behind, it's this song:

Also very pleased to see McFly back on form with Love Is On The Radio, but I think that technically hasn't been released yet.

12. Best place visited?

Does the internet count? I'm not sure I've been anywhere else, unless you count Sainsburys.

13. New discoveries/things learnt?

My favourite new things learnt about in 2013 are the two new giant predatory dinosaurs announced this year, Siats meekerorum and Lythronax argestes, but it's been a very good year for palaeontology in general. Some great work on the dinosaur/bird divide, and I loved the discovery that Edmontosaurus had what amounts to a balloon on its head. The earth continues to offer up new surprises.

14. Any achievements proud of?

For once, actually yes. I renovated my parents' garden this year, as they're no longer capable of doing that kind of thing themselves. I built them a patio, and some steps (which do wobble a bit, I admit, but it turns out that laying concrete in 30°C heat isn't such a great idea. Who knew?!) Best of all was the digging, though. I dug them a load of new flower beds, and also a pond, which aside from being a surprisingly good way to spend a summer, also gave me fossils. If there is one great advantage to living in the Cotswolds, it's the fossils.

15. Something that sums up 2013

I have no idea. Unless it's that fabulous summer. Finally the sort of weather I was built for. I really don't want to go with the monumentally stupid political things, or the truly abhorrent political things, or the truly depressing political things, all of which are obvious contenders. They might sum up the year in one way, but they're horrible. So maybe I should go with the Doctor's birthday. Fans came up with some terrific tributes, Peter Davison did us all proud, and Paul McGann got to show the wider world why the rest of us think he's so good. Plus he had awesome boots. Also, from a more personal perspective, I got to watch a Tenth Doctor adventure and not want to strangle the man, which was a very pleasant surprise.

Obviously there's the ever-ongoing E Street Band tour as well, but technically that's a 2012 thing. And also now a 2014 thing, so it's not particularly specific. Fabulous, but not especially twenty-thirteeny.


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Jan. 1st, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
You're the 2nd person to say that "Blood Of Tyrants" is disappointing ... meh ... I'd been looking forward to that one.

Boy George definitely looks (and sounds) great in this one!
Jan. 1st, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
I have read good reviews for "Blood Of Tyrants" as well, so there's no reason to assume that you'll be disappointed. I hope you won't be, anyway.
Jan. 1st, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
This is a nice meme, and one I haven't seen before. I'd be stumped at summing up a year, though. Iron Man 3 was definitely up there for me among the top films of the year.
Jan. 1st, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
I was so pleased with IM3. Although I enjoyed IM2, I'm apparently in a minority there, and there seemed to be a lot of worrying online prior to its release. It was such fun, though. Shame there's such a long wait now until the next Avengers film!
Jan. 2nd, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
I was disappointed in IM2, but I wasn't too worried about IM3. I think that what I was most anxious about was getting spoiled. I'm looking forward to Captain America 2 and what Marvel will do with Guardians of the Galaxy, so I can live with the wait for them all to get back together again.
Jan. 1st, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
Poor dinosaur having a balloon on it's head. I hope they were strong balloons!

Jan. 1st, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
It probably inflated it as a display during the mating season, so it would have been strong, yes.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
Oh good, I was worried a pterodactyl, or any other winged, beaky creature, could pop it!
Jan. 1st, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
I still have to see The Lost World. It looks like so much fun.

The Five(ish) Doctors was sooo good. It was everything I had hoped the real episode would be and more. Personally I want to fire Moffat and make peter Davison write all episodes from now on. And Sleepy Hollow is awesome. Definitely one of my very favorite new shows.

And Iron Man 3 was awesome. As much as I loved the first film best it's still really close as my favorite of the trilogy.

Edited at 2014-01-01 10:50 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
The first Iron Man film was definitely the best, yes. I liked all the stuff in the caves, and Jeff Bridges was a good villain. I agree that the third one isn't far behind though. All the stuff without the armour worked especially well.

"The Lost World" is excellent. It's a good story anyway of course, but it's a very well done adaptation. Definitely worth it if you can find it.
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