It was some year, different to others in its intensity and focus but still a worthy entrant. I feel I say this every year but it’s certainly true. Apart from living and experiencing the Middle East while in Qatar, a memorable experience in itself, I travelled to Dubai, Oman, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Lebanon, Poland twice, Romania three times, Nepal, Czech Republic, Armenia, Georgia, England three times, Scotland, Italy, Barcelona and Turkey seeing the capitals and plenty of other places in all. I’ve seen the mountains and the beaches, the sun and the snow. Friends have been made, re-met and re-made. I’m going to say with confidence it was a good year.
Newcomer of the Year Nancy in Doha. Great fun, funny sense of humour and wicked to boot.
Gary O’Connor deserves an honourable mention too. Great boss, Good drinker. Newcastle United supporter. Mildly crazy.
My Christ Its Been a Long Time
Meeting Jim in Dubai after 5 years Seeing Andy Carlin after a few years for a few hours opposite Reading Station
Eating Hungarian food in the middle of Romania Seafood in Cambodia
What the hell happened Last Night
Happy shakes in Cambodia
Vodka in Tbilisi
Sights of the Year
Edinburgh in summer
Inside the Sagrada Familia
The Tyne Bridge in glorious sunshine
The mountains of Nepal
Random Moment Award
Being in an Indian dance bar in Muscat. Truly surreal.
Cultural Event of the Year
The political protest in Armenia over the bus price hike. A direct and effective protest that puts our consumerism to shame. Want to get something done, dont subsidise the enemy!
Red Bull Flugtag event in November????
Sports event of the Year
Spain vs Uruguay
Films of the Year Cloud Atlas – grand, pretentious, over-ambiitous, stirring, thought-provoking and visual stunning.
Musical moment of the Year Queens of the Stone Age in Gdansk
Book of the Year – I really didn’t read last year which tells its own story. Maybe Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman or the History of the Middle East to garner some background. Ahh no, The Life and Times of the Penis! Interesting read. But sadly I might only have read 3 books that year 😦
Bar of the Year Beach bars in Cambodia
Scariest moment of the Year The landing through the storm just before Christmas. Scariest of my life.
Big Balls Moment Mosh pitting in Gdansk with Olivia at the Heineken Opener in Gdansk.
Person of the Year Olivia. It was a fun time from the music to the mountains to the cities.
Would I do it all again? Hell yeah. I’d like to thank everyone for helping me along the way 🙂
Roll on 2014. This is gonna be good 🙂 Hope to see you soon