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Friday, January 12 2018

Hello everyone,

With Jim Bob’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire show fast approaching (less than three months to go fact fans) I am getting messages about a possible aftershow event. A lot of you are travelling from all over the UK (and the world!) and are rightfully making a weekend of it. With that in mind we have been looking at booking somewhere for after the gig. This would be where likeminded fans can have a few more drinks and a chit chat about how that was the most awesome night ever once Jim has finished. This has proved to be very tough, and after months of searching, no venues over 70/80 people nearby have been available unless we pay a few grand for the privilege. With that in mind we won’t be running an aftershow event after the show (boooo!) but London does have a variety of drinking establishments. And I am sure meet ups will be arranged on the official and unofficial facebook pages (yay!).

We do though want to do something cool and nice. With that in mind we are going to give away places to an aftershow event at the venue itself. As you may know after a lot of gigs all the underserving dudes on the guestlist (who haven’t paid for a ticket!) get to go to a private bar at the venue. What we want to do is to fill our private aftershow event with proper fans. If Bradley Walsh or Lorraine Kelly want to get in we are going to tell them where to go – as famous and great as they are.

So whilst we can’t have all 2000 people attend we can have a drink with a load of of you dudes and dudettes if you fancy it. There is a nice bar at the Empire that holds a 150 or so people. We are going to reserve this for a post gig soiree. There won’t be any free drinks or any of that jazz (I’m not made of money, and London prices mean you’ll pay £87.50 for a gin and tonic), it’ll just be a bunch of people chilling out after the gig chewing the fat until about 1am or so. If that tickles your fancy please email me at marc.ollington@gmail.com and I’ll add your name to our prize draw. On Friday 26th January I will pull out names from the hat and email those that have been successful. I did want to do a facebook live draw but I realised if people knew the names of the winners then anyone could blag in on the night… I was going to get Andrew O’Connor (host of Crosswits) to do the draw as well…. Anyway….

Obviously you’ll need a gig ticket to get in to the aftershow, and please let me know how many passes you need when you send your email. And only put your name forward if you really think you’re going to want to stay after the gig. Please also don’t get Mr Bob too drunk as it will be Mister Spoons that will have to drive him home. Those are the main terms and conditions that have been approved by our legal team.

See a load of you in March. I am already way too stupidly excited about it all.

Marc x

p.s. There are honestly a handful of tickets left for this gig before it’s a big, proper sell out. The tickets are on level 2, but they are fab. You still get a great view and everyone will be on their feet clapping and cheering. Get the last few tickets

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Last revised: 12/01/18

Thursday, December 14 2017


TELLY – I watched a lot of telly in 2017. Too much for a top ten.
These are just some of my highlights.
Halt and Catch Fire
Peaky Blinders
Stranger Things
Man Down
Count Arthur Strong
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Better Call Saul
Mr Robot
24 Hours in Police Custody
The Trouble With Dad
The Crystal Maze
The Confession Tapes
The Keepers
Long Shot

My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Dadland – Keggie Carew
Moonglow – Michael Chabon
Ruby – Cynthia Bond
Safe Ryan – Ryan Gattis
James Acaster's Classic Scrapes – James Acaster
The Gustav Sonata – Rose Tremain
Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane
The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry
East West Street – Philippe Sands
The Terranauts – TC Boyle
Here I Am – Jonathan Safren Foer

Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water
Wind River
Blade Runner 2049
20th Century Women
Hidden Figures
Hacksaw Ridge
The Meyerowitz Stories
The Accountant
The Light Between the Oceans

Pure Comedy – Father John Misty
Salutations – Conor Oberst
How the West Was Won – Peter Perrett
Girl from the North Country (Original London Cast Recording)
Lovely Creatures, The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Semper Femina – Laura Marling

Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic
Lazarus at the King's Cross Theatre
Conor Oberst at the London Palladium
Senseless Things at Shepherd's Bush Empire
Lemon Twigs at Koko
Frank and Walters at the Water Rats
Father John Misty at Hammersmith Apollo
Michael Legge, Jerk the Musical at the Bill Murray
Chris T-T at the Komedia Brighton
Giacometti at Tate Modern
Who Do You Think You Are?, Barbara Brownskirt at the Vauxhall Tavern
Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell – National Gallery


The Adam Buxton Podcast
Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Podcast
The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson
The Unbelievable Truth
The News Quiz
Do the Right Thing
Vitriola Podcast
Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder
Inside The Comedian


1. Other – Alison Moyet
2. Savage – Gary Numan
3. Spirit – Depeche Mode
4. Salutations – Conor Oberst
5. These are the Songs – Mick Thomas
6. Under Stars – Amy MacDonald
7. Life in the Dark – The Felice Brothers (released 2016 but I didn’t hear it until 2017 and it’s skill so I’m having it)
8. Junvierbrecher – The Indelicates
9. World Be Gone – Erasure
10. Heart First Aid Kit – Grace Petrie

A Fantastic Year for Gigs. Been a real struggle picking my top 10 and a lot of my favourites I saw more than once…

1. Gary Numan – Brixton Academy
2. Alison Moyet – Hackney Church
3. The Killers – Millenium Bowl, London
4. Depeche Mode – Arena, Stockholm
5. Mick Thomas & Squeezebox Wally – Café Gramski, Dachau
6. Conor Oberst/Felice Brothers  - The Fillmore, San Francisco
7. The Frank & Walters – The Water Rats, London
8. Pet Shop Boys – Royal Albert Hall
9. Erasure – Camden Roundhouse
10. Lord Hicks – Great Exhibition, SE23
Honourable Mentions to: Fightmilk/Indelicates (The Fighting Cocks, Kingston), Amy MacDonald (RAH), MJ Hibbert/Gavin Osborn/Jenny Lockyer (SpreadEagle), Holy Holy (SBE), Adam Ant (RAH). 

1. Doctor Who
2. Halt & Catch Fire
3. The Americans
4. House of Cards
5. Homeland
6. Line of Duty
7. Tyrant
8. Better Call Saul
9. Madam Secretary
10. The Bill (re-runs)

1. Paddington 2 (Film)
2. This is going to Hurt – Adam Kay (Book)
3. The West Wing Weekly (Podcast)
4. Hidden Figures (Film)
5. Star Wars: Rogue One (Film)
6. Storm House – Mark Hibbert (Book)
7. Sully: The Miracle on the Hudson (Film)
8. The Founder (Film)
9. Alison Moyet Tour Diary (Blog)
10. Jerk: The Musical – Michael Legge (Stage)

Favourite Palace Match: Very slim pickings again  this year, I’m going for Palace 3 Arsenal 0 – outplayed one of the greatest footballing side of the last decade and it was on the box… Lovely.|

Favourite Non Palace Game: Sheppey 2 Beckenham Town 3 – Rip-roaring FA Vase game. Took a  last minute decision to go after driving back from Shiiine in Minehead. So pleased I did, even if I nearly fell asleep on the Motorway on the way home. 


1. Lorde – Melodrama
2. The Young’uns – Strangers
3. Yorkston / Thorne / Khan – Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars
4. This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
5. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
6. Kiran Leonard – Derevaun Seraun
7. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
8. Deerful – Peach
9. Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher
10. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
11. Nadine Khouri – The Salted Air
12. Neil McSweeney – A Coat Worth Wearing
13. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
14. Lianne Hall – The Caretaker
15. Jon Boden – Afterglow
16. Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
17. Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky
18. Trio De Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan
19. Connect_icut – Rage Coma
20. Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Honourable mentions (all 8.0+ out of 10): Ben Marwood – Get Found, Tom Williams – All Change, Laura Marling – Semper Femina, Horsetail – Under Heaven, Tom McRae – Oh! The World, Ah! The World, Manran – An Da La, Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway, Taylor Swift – Reputation, Stick In The Wheel – Follow Them True, Nick Parker – Besta Venya, Lana Del Ray – Lust For Life, Jay-Z – 4:44, Sleaford Mods – English Tapas, St Vincent – Masseduction, Sampha – Process, The Horrors – V.

1. Fonda 500, Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
2. Half Man Half Biscuit, The Assembly Hall, Worthing
3. Flying Lotus at Mauerpark, Berlin
4. Senseless Things, Shepherds Bush Empire, London
5. Jon Boden at The Komedia, Brighton
6. Saturday night at North Gate Jazz Co-op, Chiangmai, Thailand
7. Lianne Hall at Campfire Live, Brighton
8. Dear Everyone at Cambridge Unitarian Church (unplugged) & Brighton Komedia (plugged)
9. Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton at The Komedia, Brighton
10. Hurtling at Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
11. Deerful at Wales Goes Pop! Cardiff
12. Dorian Concept at Mauerpark, Berlin
13. El Morgan & The Divers, Hope & Ruin, Brighton
14. Roxanne de Bastion at Cambridge Folk Festival
15. Thundercat at Mauerpark, Berlin
16. Ben Marwood, Non Canon, Helen Chambers at The Brunswick, Hove
17. Belshazzar’s Feast at Cambridge Folk Festival
18. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls at Cambridge Folk Festival & Lost Evenings
19. Fear Of Men at Wales Goes Pop
20. Co-Pilgrim at Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

Honourable mentions: Sharon Lewis at Big Green Party II, Steve Mason at May Day Solidarity Festival, Kelly Kemp at the Hope, the little bit I saw of Seán McGowan at the Railway (still haven’t seen anything like a full set), Matt Edible at Truck, Pog at Big Green Party II, Dave Burland at May Day Solidary Festival, Mick Thomas at the Duke of Wellington, Chloe Hawes at the Anthony Burgess Centre, The Boy Least Likely To at Wales Goes Pop, Warsaw Radio at Big Green Party II, Robb Johnson at May Day Solidary Festival.

1. Moonlight
2. 120 Beats Per Minute
3. The Red Turtle
4. Dunkirk
5. The Salesman
6. The Handmaiden
7. James Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro
8. Free Fire
9. The Death Of Stalin
10. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
11. Paddington 2
18. Lion
12. Blade Runner 2049
13. Hell Or High Water
14. Thor Ragnarok
15. Wonder Woman
16. Captain Fantastic
17. Hidden Figures
19. Okja
20. Sing Street

1. Master Of None
2. Rick & Morty
3. The Vietnam War
4. The OA
5. Taboo
6. Halt & Catch Fire
7. Blue Planet 2
8. Chef’s Table season 3 episode 1 – Jeong Kwan
9. The Americans
10. American Vandal

(I haven’t yet watched Season 2 of The Crown which might be in there)

1. N. K. Jemisin – The Broken Earth Trilogy (all three books)
2. Benjamin Myers – The Gallows Pole
3. Ta-Nehisi Coates – We Were Eight Years In Power
4. Martin Shaw – Scatterlings
5. Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing
6. Naomi Alderman – The Power
7. Mark Hibbett – Storm House
8. Jessica Abel – Out On The Wire
9. Douglas Murphy – Nincompoopolis
10. Fiona Mozley – Elmet

RADIO / PODCASTING (with my favourite specific episodes in brackets)
1. West Wing Weekly (Two Cathedrals – both parts)
2. Longform (Zoe Chace, Brian Reed, David Grann)
3. Kermode & Mayo Film Show (Wittertainment)
4. Slate Gabfest
5. Slate Culture Gabfest (Steven Universe / introduction to philosophy)
6. Mostly Lit
7. Adam Buxton podcast (Hassan Akkad, Kathy Burke, Simon Amstell)
8. In Our Time (Picasso’s Guernica, Purgatory, Rosa Luxembourg, Egyptian Book Of The Dead)
9. Make Out With Him
10. Home Front
11. SongExploder (Lorde, St Vincent, Michael Kiwanuka, Aimee Mann, Solange)
12. Intercepted (Snowden Vs Trump live from SXSW)
13. Watling Street Podcast
14. NYT – The Daily
15. Desert Island Discs (Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, Caitlin Moran)

Honourable mentions:
Slate XX Gabfest, Fresh Air, Another Round, Vitriola, WTF with Marc Maron, S Town, Trumpcast



1. The National - Sleep Well Beast (stunning, simply stunning)
2. Conor Oberst - Salutations
3. British Sea Power - Let The Dancers Inherit The Party
4. David Bowie - Cracked Actor
5. Lorde - Melodrama
6. Sparks - Hippopotamus
7. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
8. War On Drugs - Deeper Understanding
9. Idles - Brutalism
10. Gorillaz - Humanz

I did like the Morrissey album but since the transcript from that German interview was released he really does come across as a misinformed bigot. I no longer know what to think about him, and feel really weird about putting him in a top 10 that is positive.


1. Paddington 2
2. Dunkirk
3. Wonder Woman
4. Death Of Stalin
5. La La Land
6. Logan
7. The Big Sick
8. Captain Underpants
9. T2 Trainspotting
10. Arrival


1. Arcade Fire - York Hall
2. The National - Hammersmith Odeon night 1
3. The National - Hammersmith Odeon night 3
4. The National - Hammersmith Odeon night 2
5. Mike Garson - Camden Underworld
6. Pet Shop Boys - Royal Albert Hall
7. Senseless Things - Shepherds Bush Empire
8. Chris T-T - Komedia
9. Idles - Tunbridge Wells Forum
10. The Frank & Walters - The Water Rats

I also really enjoyed Chris T-T @ The Lexington (euphoric), Little Mix @ The O2 (amazing to see my two girls have such a fab time) Adam Buxton's Bug (twice - he is brilliant), Celebrating David Bowie (mixed in quality but I love Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson and the Bowie alumni), Stewart Lee @ Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls, John Shuttleworth @ Leicester Square Theatre and any Jim Bob gig would obviously be in the top 10 - but that is too obvious. 'The Velveteen Rabbit" @ The Unicorn Theatre with my eldest daughter was really special and nearly made me cry.


1. The Trip Goes To Spain
2. The Crown
3. Doctor Who
4. House Of Cards
5. Love
6. Black Mirror
7. Stranger Things
8. Back
9. Googlebox
10. Blue Planet

I sadly thought Doctor Foster season 2 didn't reach the heights of the first. I also watched all of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' and thought Iain Lee was wonderful. Billions, Legion, The Walking Dead, Love, Bowie at the Beeb, Louis Theroux and Modern Family were also enjoyed a lot.


1. Iain Lee - Talkradio
2. Adam Buxton's podcast
3. Desert Island Discs
4. Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
5. The Danny Baker Show
6. Under The Skin - Russell Brand
7. The Online Gooner
8. Richard Herring - Leicester Square Theatre
9. James Richardson - Totally Football Show
10. Steve Lamacq - 6music


1. Shock & Awe: Glam Rock & It's Legacy - Simon Reynolds
2. Going On The Turn - Danny Baker
3. The Elephant In The Room - Jon Ronson
4. Eleven - Mark Watson
5. Substance: Inside New Order - Peter Hook
6. David Bowie: A Life - Dylan Jones
7. Horse Walks Into A Bar - Daivd Grossman
8. Can't Stand Up For Falling Down - Allan Jones
9. The Bottom Corner - Nigel Thatchell
10. Set The Boy Free - Johnny Marr

I have never read so little fiction. I don't really know why but I seem to be obsessed by biogs.

Iain Lee

Matt Berninger (The National), Nathan Elder (Tonbridge Angels)

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Last revised: 14/12/17

Monday, September 18 2017

NEXT MARCH, for the first time since playing the Big Day Out festival with CARTER USM in 1993, JIM BOB is coming back to Australia. Jim Bob will play four shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth as special guest to the very boss POP WILL EAT ITSELF. Also on the bill, at all gigs except Perth are Caligula, who opened for Carter in Australia back in the heady 1993s. What's not to like.

Ticket pre-sale Wednesday 20th September 9am (local time)
And general ticket sale Friday 22nd September 9am (local time)

MARCH 2018
Thursday 8th Brisbane The Triffid
Friday 9th Melbourne Max Watts
Saturday 10th Sydney Factory Theatre
Sunday 11th Perth Rosemount Hotel


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Last revised: 18/09/17

Monday, September 4 2017

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Last revised: 6/09/17

2016 — The Good Stuff. Team Jim Bob Annual Cultural Lists
Wednesday, December 14 2016


Do Hollywood – The Lemon Twigs
Ruminations – Conor Oberst
The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul
Blackstar – David Bowie
Adam Green’s Aladdin
9 Green Songs – Chris T-T
2013 – Meilyr Jones

The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley
The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J Walker
Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers
Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain – Barney Norris
Patience – Daniel Clowes
The Girls – Emma Cline
City on Fire –Garth Risk Hallberg
The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello

Halt and Catch Fire
Making a Murderer
Peaky Blinders
Better Call Saul
People Just do Nothing
Silicon Valley
Happy Valley
War and Peace
Grayson Perry — All Man
Deutschland 83
Mr Robot
Ripper Street
Modern Family
Game of Thrones
American Crime Story — The People v OJ Simpson

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Captain Fantastic
The Nice Guys
Sing Street
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Love and Mercy
Bridge of Spies
A Bigger Splash
The Lobster

The Adam Buxton Podcast
Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life
Vitriola podcast
Do the Right Thing podcast
Mark Steel's in Town
Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar

The Jam — About the Young Idea at Somerset House
David Baddiel — My Family: Not the Sitcom
Adam Buxton's Bowie Bug
Jilted John at Brixton Windmill
The Frank and Walters at the Borderline
Bowieoke Circus
Chris T-T at St Pancras Church
Elvis Costello at the London Palladium

CHRIS T-T's favourites

Beyonce – Lemonade
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
The Furrow Collective – Wild Hog
Kiran Leonard – Grapefruit
David Bowie – Blackstar
Shirley Collins – Lodestar
Petrol Girls – Talk Of Violence
Esmé Patterson – We Were Wild
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Skinny Girl Diet – Heavy Flow

This year I gave 55 albums 8/10 or better. I’ll put my Top 20 + honourable mentions on my 2016 Review blog next week. I’ve sadly excluded Jim Bob Sings Again and Non Canon’s self-titled debut, because of being on them both.

Can’t do my FILM yet – I’m seeing four films in the next two weeks that might feature. Hypernormalisation, Dheepan, Spotlight and Beyoncé’s Lemonade are all strong contenders though.

Planet Earth II
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Better Call Saul
Imagine: One Night In 2012
The Story of China with Michael Wood
The Crown
Stranger Things
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Paul Kingsnorth – Beast
Benjamin Myers – Turning Blue
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Dark Mountain #9
Teju Cole – Known And Strange Things

vrLAB at The Old Market, Hove
Visuals and lighting design for the Moderat concert, The Dome, Brighton
Gem Fletcher’s Instagram feed of Getty photographers and sessions
Siam – Through The Lens Of John Thomson, Museum Of Culture, Chiang Mai
Sam Hewitt at Dynamite Gallery
Not Vital at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Shardcore – ‘map portraits’ series
Nona Faustine – nudes in slave trading sites in Bust magazine
Clement Valla – Postcards From Google Earth
Pure Evil – Hollywood Vampires at 99 Mary Street, Sheffield

West Wing Weekly, PRX Radiotopia
Longform Podcast
Kermode & Mayo: Wittertainment, BBC Radio 5Live
Slate Political Gabfest, Slate/Panoply
The Junk Shop with Marc Teare, TotallyRadio
Simon Mayo interviews Bruce Springsteen, BBC Radio 2
SongExploder, PRX Radiotopia
Vitriola with Robin Ince & Michael Legge
In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, BBC Radio 4
Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music

Bellowhead, The Dome, Brighton
Kiran Leonard, The Albert, Brighton
Shellac, Koko, London
Dream Wife, Photo Shop, Great Escape, Brighton
Moderat, The Dome, Brighton
Chrissy Barnacle, Conroy’s Basement, Dundee
Skinny Girl Diet, Green Door Store, Great Escape, Brighton
Helen Chambers, Black Swan, York
Roxanne De Bastion, Latest Music Bar, Brighton
The Vega Bodegas, Le Pub, Newport



Blackstar – David Bowie

Jim Bob Sings Again – Jim Bob (& Chris T-T)

Do Hollywood – The Lemon Twigs
Ruminations – Conor Oberst
9 Green Songs – Chris T-T
Can’t Stop Us Now – Madness
Lazarus Soundtrack – Original Cast Recording
Super – Pet Shop Boys
Flawed Is Beautiful – S*M*A*S*H/These Animal Men
Tanya Donnelly – Swan Song Series


The Complete David Bowie – Nick Pegg

The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J Walker (though it has an awful ending)
Set The Boy Free – Johnny Marr
My Life With Bowie – Woody Woodmansey
The Romford Pelé: It's only Ray Parlour's autobiography - Ray Parlour
Journeyman: One Man's Odyssey Through the Lower Leagues of English Football - Ben Smith
Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab - Finnigan, Mary
Let's Make Lots of Money: Secrets of a Rich, Fat, Gay, Lucky Bastard - Tom Watkins
Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography - Mo Farah
100 Acts of Minor Dissent - Mark Thomas
Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers



Modern Family
American Crime Story — The People v OJ Simpson
Alan Partridge: Scissored Isle
The Walking Dead
Cougar Town
Black Mirror



Sing Street
The Jungle Book

Nocturnal Animals
Man Who Fell To Earth – BFI Screening
The Nice Guys
High Rise
Finding Dory
How To Be Single
Elvis & Nixon


The Adam Buxton Podcast

Kermode & Mayo Film Review
Guardian Football Weekly
Desert Island Discs


Pet Shop Boys – Royal Opera House

Matilda and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – in London’s West End.
Attended with Poppy Ollington

Adam Buxton's Bowie Bug
The Jim Bob Sings Again Tour
The Frank and Walters - The Borderline
Belly - The Kentish Town Forum
Madness – Clapham Common
My Life Story – The Borderline
Chris T-T – St Pancras Old Church
British Sea Power – Tunbridge Wells Forum
La Femme – Shepherds Bush Empire
a-ha – The o2
Lazarus – Kings Cross Theatre
Indiedaze – London Forum


Hello all, and a Merry Christmas to you all. Usual rules apply: ridiculously late again and betting without the favourites (i.e. TJB output) otherwise it’d be a pretty repetitive list.

Off we go then… in no particular order, but favorite in each category starred…

BlackStar – David Bowie*
Songs of the Walking Wounded – The Frank and Walters
Rest & Relocation – Split Seconds
Forum Residency Boxset – Gary Numan
Girl at the End of the World – James
Ruminations – Conor Oberst (finally succumbed to the magic!)
Head Carrier – Pixies
No such thing as a Protest Singer - Grace Petrie
Still Valid – MJ Hibbert & the Validators
Let the Record Show– Dexys (less for the music, it became the most bizarre soundtrack to our journey thru’ Kenya – can’t remember when I laughed so hard in my life)

Mick Thomas African Tour 2016*
Gary Numan - Oxford Academy
Madness – 100 Club
Gavin Osborn/MJ Hibbert/Jenny Lockyer – SpreadEagle Croydon
Bowieoke – Bethnal Gren WMC
Grace Petrie – MayDay Orgreave Benefit Barnsley
James – Brixton Academy
Adam Ant – Hammersmith Odeon
Adam Buxton Bowie Bug – Greenwich
The Frank & Walters - Borderline

Well I can’t have Doctor Who as there hasn’t been any this year (yet), and that spin-off series on BBC3 was, sadly, bloody terrible, so…

Line of Duty
The Americans
The Crown
American Crime Story — The People v OJ Simpson
Mr Robot
Deutschland 83*
The Big Bang Theory

2016 BEST FILM: The Big Short

The Lobster
(Jim’s only put it in his list to wind me up - don’t think I’m not wise to his ways)

Not a lot done again this year, but I’ve developed a weird fascination for reading Appalachian Trail diaries.

BEST PALACE MATCH: 2016 was Palace’s very own Annus Horribilus, despite getting to the FA Cup Final (which of course we bloody lost), thus it’s been difficult to pick a game from such limited choice. In the end I’m going to cheat and go for one I didn’t actually see live: The 2-1 Semi-Final win against Watford, because it will forever remind me of the reason I couldn’t be there: running the London Marathon. www.runspoonsrun.co.uk

BEST FOOTBALL MATCH (Non-Palace): Lancing 3 Beckenham Town 4 (FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Replay)… deep in the heart of seaweed country: Beckenham go a goal up, Lancing have a man sent off but rattle in three goals. Beckenham stage a late comeback, scoring the winner from a disputed free kick in injury time. The one Beckenham Town fan in the ground goes mental and on full time is stalked by a mortally obese Lancing/Seaweed fan who, having also just spotted a small Palace logo on his cap, now wants to kill him… just catching him would have been a start… (yes, the Becks fan was me – I nearly died laughing).

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Last revised: 17/05/17


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