It’s New Year’s Eve, hence it’s time for me to do what looks like a ‘proper’ blog post, looking back at 2013, and what happened as far as I was concerned.
Well, the year started, as is so often the way, with January. So predictable. Why not start with August one year? Catch everyone off guard, and fuck the football season right up.
It’s my birthday in January, so I usually manage to cadge a few quid from relatives who have only just got over Christmas. This year, I seem to remember (memory helped tremendously by being able to look back at this here blog thing) I received a load of Oink! comics, around half of the run. My favourite comic from my childhood…still enjoying those. I don’t think much else happened, so let’s move on.
February, then. Red Dwarf (AllTimeFavouriteThingEver) celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary on 15th February. I’m sure I probably made an effort to watch every episode starting with the first, The End, but probably fell behind after about four episodes, and had abandoned the plan entirely before reaching the end of series two.
2013, of course, was anniversary year for a lot of my favourite things: as Red Dwarf turned 25, The Rocky Horror Show celebrated 40 years since it’s first performance at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, and Doctor Who began a year of 50th Anniversary celebrations. At the end of March, as the new (half) series started, the Beeb confirmed that David Tennant and Billie Piper would be returning for an anniversary special in November, and the Doctor Who community went fanwank crazy with assorted suggestions as to how they would return. Yeah, we do tend to do that, don’t we? Fandom: gotta love it.
Now, I’ll be honest, April wasn’t too eventful, save for the single worst episode of Doctor Who (The Rings of Akhaten) of the 21st century. But May? I quite enjoyed May.
May The Fourth saw the end of a year long ‘experiment’, whereupon I’d carried on after the obligatory ‘Star Wars Day’ Tweet – “May the Fourth be with you” – in 2012, and decided to see if I could carry on, just basically Tweeting the date around midnight every night for a year, with a #StarWarsDayPlus hashtag. I managed it, stopped doing it, then forgot about it. What an acheivement.
May 4th also saw me going out and interacting with actual people, as I went for a drink with SEVEN GIRLS that I went to college with fifteen years ago. We very rarely see each other (well, they see other members of the group, but it’s very rare we have a reunion like this – there was one about five years ago…), so this was a delight, certainly for me, even if my assorted health problems meant I couldn’t stay out for the hours that the girls put in.
A few days later gave me the opportunity to go and see Eddie Izzard Live at the Arena for just £1, a chance I pounced on, and a brilliant night was had by all. I got the DVD of this show (well, not this exact show – a different date on this tour, you know what I mean) for Christmas last week, and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Force Majeure. Meanwhile, back in Doctor Who land, Matt Smith announced that he’d be leaving the TARDIS at the end of the year…
Throughout the year, I’ve been steadily adding to my collection of comics. As well as all the Oink!s I got for my birthday, and my weekly Beano purchase, semi-regular visits to Chesterfield Market see me grab a few 70s/80s/90s comics, just a quid for a bundle of half a dozen or so. Even if I don’t get there myself, my Dad’ll get me some if he goes for a wander round. A highlight of June was paying £6 for a Dandy annual from 1947, while the following month saw The Beano joining the anniversary club by reaching it’s 75th Birthday.
Decided to sell some artwork in July. I made a load of the drawings I have in my DeviantArt gallery available to purchase as prints, and managed to sell none whatsoever. So I did away with the whole print sale plan. I did sell an original drawing of Dave Grohl to my cousin in Australia, though, so I got £25 for that.
August was fun. Peter Capaldi was announced – Live on BBC One – as Matt Smith’s Doctor Who successor. Cue lots of press coverage, and Fandom Forum overload.
Not so much fun in August was being deemed fit to work by ATOS, and losing my ESA, despite my unfortunate habit of throwing myself face first onto the floor. Ho-hum.
September involved the usual additions to the comic collection – including a couple of Beanos from when Gnasher went missing – and the Beeb started to slowly head towards the Doctor Who anniversary.
October saw me trying – unsuccessfully – to sell some artwork on eBay. And the Doctor Who publicity machine was picking up speed, too. And November? Well, rather boringly, as far as insightful blog posts go, it can be summed up in two words – Doctor and Who. It was all rather exciting, though. But you might as well just go back and read the blog posts if you’re that interested.
And December? Nothing of note, really. Christmas, the whole presents thing. You know, the usual stuff. And Doctor Who, of course. There was a Regeneration, you know.
So, er, yeah. Not brilliant, not terrible. But it’d certainly be nice for 2014 to be excellent.
I’m 35 years old in less than three weeks. The excellent stuff is more than welcome to kick in there.