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Old 28th Dec 2013, 17:49   #1
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Default Highlights of 2013

Highlights or low points? Worn down by 2013 or delighted by the cultural offerings of the year? Give us your year's best and worst in any or all categories (or invent your own)..

'New’ means released or published in 2013, ‘old’ means anything produced prior to Jan 1st 2013. Feel free to ignore or add categories to those below.

New Book of the Year

Old Book of the Year

Worst Book of the Year

New Film of the Year

Old Film of the Year

Worst Film of the Year

Album of the Year (new or old)

Song of the Year (new or old)

TV Show of the Year

Trip of the Year

Word of the Year

Sight of the Year

Event of the Year

Grub of the Year

Hero of the Year

Zero of the Year
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 18:54   #2
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New Book of the Year:
The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
A stylish and thrilling tale walking the border between the supernatural horror and serial killer genres with effortless confidence.

Old Book of the Year:
Generation Kill
, Evan Wright
A fantastic piece of journalism and entertainment, powerful and funny and sobering by turns. Gave rise to another excellent series in David Simon's HBO back catalogue, which is how I found out about it.

Worst Book of the Year:
None

Unfair to single out any of my three-star picks for simply not being better than "good", but of those I suppose the one I'll forget the soonest would be Vernor Vinge's The Peace War. It's not bad, though.

New Film of the Year:
12 Years a Slave
Just edging Life of Pi. The year has had some real highlights, Captain Philips also just missing out. But then there's Gravity, Zero Dark 30, Lincoln, even Side Effects was pretty damn good.

Old Film of the Year:
Mud
Matthew McConauhey's excellent lead was followed by general excellence in all other regards, I loved it... but where do I stop? Berberian Sound Studio, Four Lions, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, A Dangerous Method, A Royal Affair, Midnight in Paris... and that's ignoring a couple of genuine old timey classics too.

Worst Film of the Year:
It's a four-way playoff between Now You See Me, Battleship, Cockneys vs. Zombies and Atlas Shrugged, Part Two...

Album of the Year (new or old)
Embers, Joe Tilston
And not just because a friend of mine provided the artwork for this music video...

Song of the Year:
Queen of Denmark, John Grant
A late-breaking entry to my musical awareness. Great song, great voice, and a very interesting man too.

TV Show of the Year:
Breaking Bad
I said it would be, and so it must be. But an honourable mention also goes to Community, which I came to late and have been entirely won over by. Two more seasons and a movie, please!

Trip of the Year:
The BDO to Durham
For a glorious second year running! Also the only contender.

Word of the Year:
Steampunk

Event of the Year:
Signing a contract to have a novel published
Next year, this will probably be "seeing that novel appear on Amazon"...

Grub of the Year:
The burritos
at Pico de Gallo in Madrid
Sometimes it doesn't need to be more than a bloody good incarnation of a classic.

Hero of the Year:
Iain Banks

Gone far too soon, and as it transpired more quickly than we could have hoped. One of the most influential authors of my personal growth into adulthood as a reader.

Zero of the Year:
Whoever is responsible for the Spanish government's present backtracking on social advances in abortion law and gay marriage--neither of which have affected me directly, but still, what the hell?
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 0:51   #3
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New Book of the Year
Between Alan Garner's Boneland (mind-bending adult return to Colin and Susan and the world of Alderley Edge), Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth (a reliably enjoyable read), and Francis Spufford's Unapologetic (which gets to the heart of everyday faith).

Old Book of the Year
On Beauty by Zadie Smith - I should have read this a long time ago.

Children's Book of Year
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Considering I've had a disastrous year for reading, I'm glad to have this on the list. Waiting for Sonya Hartnett's The Children of the King in early 2014.

Worst Book of the Year
Winter's Children - Leah Fleming - romantic tosh over several centuries

New Film of the Year –
Gravity by a long chalk; Lincoln and Cloud Atlas as runners-up.

Old Film of the Year –
not counting The Sorrow & the Pity (documentary), probably Hunky Dory (watched at least three times) or igby goes down.

Worst Film of the Year
Beautiful Creatures (didn’t finish it), or Prometheus.

Album of the Year (new or old)
Rare that I listen to any new music at all – but this year, probably Jack White’s Blunderbuss or Nick Cave’s Push The Sky Away or Woodkid’s The Golden Age.

Song of the Year (new or old)
I Love You by Woodkid, or Jubilee Street by Nick Cave

TV Show of the Year
Ripper Street –definitely.

Trip of the Year
Two weeks in southern France with all the Col children was pretty good; the Petition/Alliance March in York on 1st May was a great day too.

Word of the Year
Hmm, it could be “exhumation licence” or “re-interment”, I suspect…. "unseemly squabble" has cropped up a lot too, though not used by me.

Sight of the Year
That grave and those poor remains exposed to public gaze.

Event of the Year
The 10th anniversary Big Day Out – it was fabulous and topped off by Stradlater joining us on the main BDO evening, and Beth and ono arriving at a lovely cottage the weekend before. Already looking forward to BDO BATH.

Grub of the Year
Probably the pub lunch in July at the Black Swan in Middleham with my best buddy.

Hero of the Year
Straight tie between Mr Justice Haddon-Cave and Dr John Ashdown-Hill

Zero of the Year
All those public bodies promoting a Leicester re-interment for RIII - and referring to his "dishonourable characteristics" - and taking no account of a King of England's likely own discernible wishes or the most appropriate location for his re-burial.
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Old 30th Dec 2013, 14:57   #4
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New Novel of the Year
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Old Novel of the Year
A tie: The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler, and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

New Short Story Collection of the Year
Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash, with John Burnside's Something Like Happy a very close second.

Old Short Story Collection of the Year
It'll have to be Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, though Bronwen Wallace's People You'd Trust Your Life To and Charles Baxter's Through the Safety Net both left a strong impression.

Worst Book of the Year
Aside from the two I abandoned, I'll have to pick Amy Sackville's Orkney - seldom have I encountered a book so in love with its own writing, yet ultimately so pointless and paper-thin.

Album of the Year (new or old)
Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron

Song of the Year (new or old)
Big TV by White Lies

Best TV Show of the Year
Broadchurch possibly, though I also watched the first three seasons of Spiral this year and am hooked. And I did enjoy Michael Wood's series about the Anglo-Saxons.

Worst TV Show of the Year
I suffered the first twenty minutes of Breathless which was twenty minutes too many, but the time-I'll-never-get-back show for me has to be The Village. I don't know about John Simm, I was about ready to hang myself from a tree after that too. Oh, and Downton is really starting to get on my wick.
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I'm not playing this year as I really have no idea what happened to (or in) 2013.
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Old 3rd Jan 2014, 4:48   #6
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New Book of the Year:
Others of My Kind by James Sallis
Old Books of the Year:
Warlock by Oakley Hall,
AND
City of Ice by John Farrow
Worst Book of the Year:
Noir by Robert Coover
Old Film of the Year:
Up (2009)
Worst Film of the Year:
Borderline Murder (2011)
New Album of the Year:
...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age
Old Album of the Year:
Spiderland by Slint
New Songs of the Year:
Bloodsports AND Backwaters both by Drenge
Old Song of the Year:
Last Train to Satansville by Swervedriver
TV Shows of the Year:
Breaking Bad AND Justified
Sight of the Year:
My smiling, little sister finishing the London Marathon.
Grub of the Year:
Porridge (with dried blueberries & cranberries)
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New Book of the Year
Don't think I read one. Sadly.

Old Book of the Year
The Tenant, Roland Topor

Worst Book of the Year
Probably Nightland by Louis Owen. Just found it really dull.

New Film of the Year
Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Old Film of the Year
Haneke's Amour for fiction; Kahn's My Architect for non-fiction.

Worst Film of the Year
Ben Stiller's take on The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

Album of the Year (new or old)
Got to go with the Guardian: Kanye West's Yeezus. Also liked The North Sea Scrolls.

Song of the Year (new or old)
Ue O Muite Arukō, Kyu Sakamoto. Shower song elect!

TV Show of the Year
Breaking Bad. Any show that has me watching all five seasons in five days, must surely have been gripping. And it was.

Trip of the Year
Ghent, Belgium.

Word of the Year
Celeriac. No Masterchef plate is without it in puree form, and come Christmas I finally tried one and roasted it for Chrimbo dinner.

Sight of the Year
Strange choice, but I'm going with the Afsluitdijk. It's basically a 20 mile long road, but it was built in the 1920s across the sea. Amazing feat, alone, but, standing at the centre, I watched as a mile long (surely!) flock of cormorants flew by in single file.

Event of the Year
Complete unmasking of espionage techniques' extent.

Grub of the Year
Stoofvlees (stoverijs). Belgian beer and beef stew.

Hero of the Year
Edward Snowdon.

Zero of the Year
The Better Together campaign against Scottish independence. While I don't object to its purpose, it's a shell of a campaign when held up against the campaign 'for'.
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New Book of the Year

Fiction: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
Non-fiction: Svetlana Alexievich, Time Second Hand

Old Book of the Year

First read: Göran Tunström, Christmas Oratorio
Re-read: Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Worst Book of the Year

Alain de Botton, Religion For Atheists

New Film of the Year

12 Years a Slave, with Upstream Color and Spring Breakers bringing up the rear.

Old Film of the Year

Harakiri. I got to watch a bunch of old Japanese movies I hadn't seen before this year, and Woman In The Dunes, Tokyo Story and High and Low are all excellent, but Harakiri is just... fucking hell. One of those movies that go straight from "never heard of it before" to "top ten of all time".

Worst Film of the Year

It feels unfair to say Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, so I'm going with Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. A cynical, nasty, unfunny piece of coldly calculated cashgrabbing.

Album of the Year (new or old)

New: Laura Marling, Once I Was An Eagle; with honorary mention to My Bloody Valentine's m b v because, well, it exists
Old: Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat

Song of the Year (new or old)

How about a playlist of 20 new songs?

Low - "Plastic Cup" off The Invisible Way
Janelle Monaé feat Erykah Badu - "Q.U.E.E.N." off The Electric Lady
Eleanor Friedberger - "Stare At The Sun" off Personal Record
Foxygen - "No Destruction" off We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic
Looptroop Rockers - "Den obekväma tystnaden" off Mitt hjärta är en bomb
Villagers - "The Waves" off {Awayland}
Prefab Sprout - "List Of Impossible Things" off Crimson/Red
Laura Marling - "Master Hunter" off Once I Was An Eagle
My Bloody Valentine - "New You" off m b v
Waxahatchee - "Coast To Coast" off Cerulean Salt
Chvrches - "Gun" off The Bones of What You Believe
The Men - "Electric" off New Moon
The Knife - "Full of Fire" off Shaking The Habitual
Mikal Cronin - "Shout It Out" off MCII
Torres - "Chains" off Torres
Jenny Wilson - "The Future" off Demand the Impossible!
Walrus - "Tromsö III" off Walrus
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Higgs Boson Blues" off Push The Sky Away
Yo La Tengo - "Ohm" off Fade
Nataly Dawn - "Still A Believer" off How I Knew Her

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TV Show of the Year

Breaking Bad, just ahead of Treme.

Trip of the Year

New York.

Word of the Year

Unbundle.

Grub of the Year

Spezzatino di Cinghiale.

Hero of the Year

Let's go with Snowden.

Zero of the Year

Is Putin too bland an answer? But it's hard not to want to pick someone who's helped re-establish dictatorship as a valid form of government in the name of democracy and freedom...
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New Book of the Year
I'm rubbish at keeping up with what's new, don't buy hardbacks and don't have a Kindle, so haven't yet read anything published in 2013. Got a few for Christmas, though.

Old Book of the Year
Not all that old as it was published in 2012: Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists. It was the first book in read in 2013 and one of the most memorable. A beautifully written story about finding peace.

Worst Book of the Year
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. I'd never read a Bryson before though had heard snippets and read extracts over the years, which I'd found entertaining and intriguing. I was so disappointed with this book. I found it dull and him almost obnoxious.

New Film of the Year
I think I only managed to see a couple of new films, both right at the end of the year, so it's between The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. A tricky one that I'm going to chicken out of deciding. Partridge wins for completeness, but that's not really fair on poor Bilbo, stuck in the middle of his journey there and back again (with added waffle). For special effects, it has to be The Hobbit. That dragon's chuffing brilliant!

Old Film of the Year
Another difficult one as I watched some old favourites this year, a topsy-turfy kind of year in which comfort-watching was always going to be a winner, but feel I should go for a film I'd not seen before. So, it has to be Tyrannosaur, one of the most powerful films I think I've ever seen, but not quite so distressing that I won't ever be able to watch it again (just not for a while).

Worst Film of the Year
I awarded single stars to a few films this year but only one got a steaming pile of poo. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, others came close but none wear a crown of shit quite as well as you.

Album of the Year (new or old)
A joint win between two new ones: David Bowie's surprise release The Next Day, which I listened to an awful lot, and Manic Street Preachers' poignant Rewind the Film, which would probably be one of my albums of the year even if it wasn't splendid to be honest, I love them so.

Song of the Year (new or old)
No idea. All memory of individual songs that have meant something to me this year appears to have been obliterated by having Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart playing on a loop at my dad's on Boxing Day.

TV Show of the Year
Broadchurch, probably.

Trip of the Year
Bruges. I want to be on holiday there forever. But with more veggie options.

Word of the Year
Anything starting with 're' sums up my year where work's concerned. Restructure. Redesign. Rebrand. Rewrite. It's been a hell of a ride.

Sight of the Year
Probably something to do with my husband doing something ridiculous. Or my niece doing something cute.

Grub of the Year
Chocolate. Always.

Hero of the Year
Mr Lucoid. Just because.

Zero of the Year
The Russian government for all that crap with the Arctic 30 and what it says about their attitude to everything.
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