Round It Up! 2010

Wow. Ummm. Almost speechless (Almost but not quite!)

2010 was the year that was. The year that changed my life. The best, most amazing, magical, phenomenal, happiest, luckiest year ever and it’s nearly over. I met truly wonderful people, some of whom I am now lucky enough to call friends. I reforged existing friendships and strengthened bonds with family. People were more kind and generous than I could ever imagine. I discovered you can’t take the party out of the girl, no matter how hard you try.

And I am truly grateful. Grateful for it all.

So while I write a list of secret things in preparation for the year to come and all the hard work and excitement it holds, here’s a round-up of 2010…

Best Moments:

getting my first tattoo, The Crush List party, having my first ever guitar lesson, launching The Angel EP, spending Halloween in the cinema, laughing so hard I cried, watching shooting stars on Hampstead Heath, something I can’t say, getting a black AAA wristband for a festival, spending time with my nieces, walking through London at night, being longlisted for the Just A Girl competition, assisting on Chris T-T’s LINR tour, having my nails done in the street, watching Roller Derby, learning Reiki 2, going to fashion parties, seeing Alex CF’s Many Dead Things exhibition, dancing in the basement at Ladybird, dancing upstairs at Catch, meeting China Miéville (twice), following signs and not knowing where they will lead.

Top 5 gigs of 2010:

1. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

2. Sage Francis and B. Dolan at the Scala

3. Islet and Pulled Apart By Horses at Truck

4. Fever Fever at The Windmill

5. Liars and Efterklang at Standon Calling

Special mentions for Something Beginning With L, John John Slave, Chris T-T, the Hoodrats, She Makes War, Dry The River, 30lbs of Bone, Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band, Akira the Don, Le Dance Pour La Floor, Gill Sandell, Tunnels, Justice Force 5.

Top 5 albums of 2010:

1. The Logic of Chance – Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

2. Pulled Apart By Horses – Pulled Apart By Horses

3. Learning – Perfume Genius

4. Body Talk (part 1) – Robyn

5. Ghostclocks – Blood Command

Albums you should also go and buy: Method (30lbs of Bone), 1 Inch/1/2 Mile (Grasscut), The Kidnapping of Akira The Don by Joey 2 Tits (Akira the Don and Joey 2 Tits), Love is not Rescue (Chris T-T), Tarry Awhile (Gill Sandell), Wimmy and Celebrate This Place (Islet), Disarm (She Makes War), Body Talk (part 2) (Robyn), Crystal Castles (II) (Crystal Castles), Latin (Holy Fuck), European Monsoon (Pagan Wanderer Lu), I Speak Because I Can (Laura Marling), The Sea (Corinne Bailey Rae).

Top 5 TV shows I saw in 2010:

1. Carnivàle

2. Twin Peaks

3. Fringe

4. Misfits

5. Mad Men

This is England 86 and The Walking Dead would’ve been 6 and 7

Best films I saw for the first time in 2010:

Let The Right One In, Amer, We Are What We Are (minus the last 5 minutes), Night of the Living Dead, Splice (minus the last 5 minutes), Where The Wild Things Are, The Scouting Book For Boys, Inception, Them (minus the last 5 minutes), Valley of the Dolls, Coco Before Chanel, Juno, Whip It, Kick-Ass, The Science of Sleep, Frenzy, Spider Baby

Most Disappointing films I saw in 2010:

500 Days of Summer, Kick-Ass (I know), Altitude

The best 5 Welsh people of 2010:

1. Roseanna Everitt

2. Emma Hogan

3. Sarah Harries

4. Noreen Blanluet

5. Mags Anthony

Top castles of 2010:

Castell Coch, Nottingham Castle.

Top 5 bars of 2010:

1. BFI Riverfront Bar, Southwark

2. Catch, Shoreditch

3. Ladybird Bar, Islington

4. Prague Bar, Shoreditch

5. The Approach, Bethnal Green

The bar at Udderbelly would be on the list if it wasn’t pop-up/temporary.

Top 5 books of 2010:

1. The Walking Dead

2. Kraken

3. The Human Nature of the Singing Voice

4. Storage Stories

5. A Concise History of Costume

Most embarrassing moment of 2010:

Getting asked for ID on a first date and being refused alcohol because I didn’t have any. It wasn’t in East London and I was wearing heels. I wanted the ground to swallow me up and properly didn’t make the situation any better but won’t share the rest on here.

Most over-used conversation of 2010:

“Is she taking the piss?” “No, that’s just her face”

“She does that to everyone, she doesn’t fancy you”

Inspirations: wings, crushes, quantum physics, compasses, clifftops, magic, corsets, limbs, clocks, gears, hearts, nakedness, castles and (as always) dancing and the circus/carnival.

Normal Clothes as Fancy Dress:

Dorothy Gale

Zombie-fighter

Peter Pan

Street-urchin

Biggest lesson I learnt:

It hasn’t all been good, we’ve lost a lot of good people, many of whom chose to take their own lives. Times have changed for the worse politically and financially. Sometimes it’s hard to see past the sadness, past the fear.

HOWEVER:

There are people who see you; past all the bullshit, bravado and masks you wear. They hold a mirror up to you and show you all the wonderful things you can be. They teach you how to be better than you are. These are the only people who matter. They are the ones who make you a better version of yourself. They are the ones who will still be there when you fail. These will be the people who go to your funeral.

These are the people you should cherish. They are your family, whether blood or water.

Oh, AND you can do anything you put your mind to, however impossible it first seems. All you need is faith, energy and a lot of hard work. You have to keep trying, whatever happens, whatever obstacles are in your way.

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