OK, quick list time – please comment on the contents….
Top 5 Films watched over Christmas:
Megamind – actually a fun animated flick, better than I thought it was going to be.
Tangled – OK, but I preferred Megamind.
Uncle Buck – who could ever get tired of this one? John Candy at his finest.
FAQ About Time Travel – I do love this quirky little science fiction thing.
Ooh You Are Awful – early 70s vehicle for the late great Dick Emery, allowing him to scour the country for tattoos on girls bums. Well, why not?
Top 5 TV Shows Watched Over Christmas:
I’m gonna preface this list with the comment that i still haven’t seen Doctor Who yet – but I will rectify that over the weekend. And I know that’ll take up a space on my list, so you only get 4….. Anyway:
Still Open All Hours – I was a little dubious about this, but I really enjoyed it, and reckon it could make a decent sitcom series.
PQ17 – this was on last night (so technically NOT Christmas) but was such an interesting documentary about the most disastrous convoy mission of WW2.
The IT Crowd – Love this show, and finally got to see the last episode (The Internet Is Coming) which was fab.
Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special – yeah, i know. But this had everything you want from a Christmas TV show, including the Andre Previn sketch. Never gets old.
Top 5 Christmas Gifts:
Dangerous to separate these out, because everything I got was great, so this one is more a subset of a much larger cool list of stuff…
Theatre Tickets – yeah, thanks to David and Heather, we’re gonna soak up some culture in 2014 over at Windsor.
Shaver – sounds dull, but it’s what I wanted, and my old one was very much past it. This one’s lovely and shiny-bright…
Christmas Jumper – well, not so much a Christmas jumper, more a winter one, so whilst it’s lovely and warm, it has no reindeer, holly, Santa or Christmas puds on it, which makes it acceptable for me!
Lynx – loads of Lynx stuff. Apparently, ‘Attract’ smells best, according to my girls….
Top Gear – Ambitious But Rubbish – the book that tells the background to all those well-intentioned yet spectacular failures, and shows that not all of the show is scripted.
Five Books I am reading:
Currently I have five books on the go, so it makes sense to add these to the post…
The Bible (natch)
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (surprisingly hard going compares to his usual fare)
Some Kind Of Wonderful by Stephen Biskoff (the novelisation of one of my favourite movies)
Doughnut by Tom Holt (brilliant fantasy farce)
Top Gear – Ambitious But Rubbish (see above)
Finally, let’s do 5 things I want to do in 2014:
More gigging and drumming with my great mates in Riser.
Visit Ben and Julia in the South of France, hopefully fulfilling an ambition to drive over the Millau Bridge.
Write more – stories, blogs, songs, whatever, I really want to put more out there this year.
Go deeper – sounds strange, but with all the things I treasure – relationships, experiences, honesty, faith and self-awareness – there’s another level to take them to.
Enjoy life – 2013 was a bit of a struggle for much of the year, and has ended so well, I want this to continue throughout the year.
OK, there you go. Five lists of Five items. Let’s see where we go from there……