Saturday, December 31, 2005

These are a few of my favourite things...

... of 2005, that is...
Enough with the long-windedness, here are some 'gimme five' lists...

Favourite albums:
Gorillaz, Demon Days
Josh Rouse, Nashville
Laura Cantrell, Humming By The Flowered Vine
Paul McCartney, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous

Nearly-favourite albums:
Aimee Mann, The Forgotten Arm
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Cold Roses
Martha Wainwright, Martha Wainwright
The Rakes, Capture/Release
Luke Haines/The Auteurs/Baader Meinhof, Luke Haines Is Dead

Favourite reads:
Anna Funder, Stasiland
Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Mao: The Untold Story
John Dickie, Cosa Nostra
Tom Shone, Blockbuster
Tom Perrotta, Little Children

Favourite films:
Silver City
The Producers
Batman Begins
Million Dollar Baby

Favourite first-time discoveries, years late:
P G Wodehouse
Amy Allison
Derek and Clive
The 'Rat Pack'

Favourite moments:
Jacques Rogge saying that magic syllable 'Lon-' on July 6
Going to York for a ten-year anniversary sentimentalifest with university friends
That catch by Geraint Jones, off Steve Harmison, on the Sunday morning at Edgbaston
Going from pure despair, to pure fear, to pure ecstasy as Pietersen pulled us through on the final day at Lord's
My brother's weird and wonderful Chinese wedding

Unfavourite disappointments:
Rufus Wainwright, Want Two
Jonathan Coe, The Closed Circle
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The West End production of High Society
The second half of the North London derby in November

Favourite things to look forward to in 2006:
New series of The Sopranos
A UK tour by Sir Macca... hopefully
The Johnny Cash biopic
The home leg of Lyndon and Jessie's wedding
The Ashes in Australia


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Samantha said...

I love Shameless as well. I was dissapointed by Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, especially that silly sub-plot about Wonka missing his father but I must admit, I loved the songs! Happy New Year!