A Year Remembered

This has been a good one, kids. The smiles on babies, the twittering larks, the playful sheep.

Lots of personal nonsense has gone down this year, some of which I’ll now list in no particular order and with no real system of selection. I’m no longer an undergraduate. I’ve moved cities. Made some friends and lost some. Had my life saved by the Peug and bumped into Thom Yorke – both twice. Actually enjoyed a Valentine’s Day, started drinking coffee, got punched in the stomach by a taphead, worked in a cosmetic surgery clinic, saw Hoborg in Paris, smoked a candy cigarette, faxed a tenancy agreement from Tuscany, dropped a mobile phone in the channel, won an award for journalistic innovation, narrowly avoided execution, staked out a Harry Potter book launch, smelt the original manuscript of Frankenstein. Sat in my room. Sat by a river. Almost (but not quite) danced to Britney.

At the risk of being semi-serious on this blog (disgusting, I know), 2007 has been a year in which I’ve come leaps and bounds towards finally emerging from a protracted and incredibly painful “mental”. Big earnest thanks to all those who stuck by me during the last four years or so.

FaceOmeter hasn’t had a bad year either – as usual there aren’t that many new songs, but I’m proud of what we’ve got and there are plans for the future as well. We’ve had our first real press review and our first play on BBC radio*. We’ve toured Hectic Eclectic (if you call it that) (but we do), and are now clocking activities in VIDEO thanks to the new camera, for the glorious FaceOmeter Video Weblog, which I swear will be coming soon.

And of course the main thing 2007 will be, right until I die, is the year The Princess Bride happened. An updated photo version of the Summer Tour blog will be online soon!

All these and more are big parts of the one reason 2007 was “a good year” chez Tattersdill: events are not currently on a loop. This is progress. Things are happening. They may not necessarily be good things, but that’s of secondary importance right now.

My rollercoaster’s got the biggest ups and downs, as long as it keeps going round it’s unbelievable” – Kimya Dawson

Happy New Year.

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Not necessarily the best things of this year, but the things that are most “this year” about this year-

Books:
‘Mrs Dalloway’ Woolf
‘The Renaissance’ Pater
Mansfield’s Short Stories
‘20,000 leagues under the Sea’ Verne
‘The Woman in White’ Collins

Albums:
‘Two Shoes’ The Cat Empire
‘The Graduate’ MC Lars
‘Remember that I love you’ Kimya Dawson
‘Demon Days’ Gorillaz
‘Costello Music’ The Fratellis

Songs:
‘Sympatique’ Pink Martini
‘The Mariner’s Revenge Song’ The Decemberists
‘Monochrome’ Yann Tiersen
‘Apolocalyptico-dramatique’ Tryo
‘Martha’ Tom Waits

Games:
Defcon
Shadow of the Colossus
Zelda: Wind Waker
Team Fortress 2
Elite Beat Agents

*this isn’t a royal we. The current FaceOmeter demo only has one non-collaborative track on it.



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