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Old 15th Dec 2011, 10:22   #1
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Default Highlights of 2011

As December indecently hustles into its second half, it’s time to summon up the delightful and the dire literary and cultural moments of the year. Is Tinker, Tailor... or Angus, Thongs… your favoured memory of 2011? Was One Day a day too many for you or The Sense of an Ending merely a forecast of these straitened austerity times?

'New’ means released or published in 2011, ‘old’ means anything produced prior to Jan 1st 2011. 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

Grub of the Year

Hero of the Year

Zero of the Year
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Old 15th Dec 2011, 14:56   #2
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New Book of the Year
There But For The by Ali Smith beats Spurious by Lars Iyler. Felt more vital. Loved the characters. The Alan Partridge Autobiography wins best audiobook.

Old Book of the Year

Blindness by Jose Saramago. Gave it four stars, but it's grown in my memory since then.

Worst Book of the Year
Tie between thrown-together history (WWI: A Short History - Norman Stone) and a new Dutch novel with nothing to say and not even an interesting way to say it (Zonder Noorden Komt Niemand Thuis - Nelleke Noordervliet).

New Film of the Year
The Secrets in their Eyes had a fantastic uninterrupted one-shot chase scene in a football stadium.

Old Film of the Year
Little Shop of Horrors

Album of the Year (new or old)
Lulu - Lou Reed and chums. Gave it a listen based on the Pitchfork 1 star review. Also like PJ Harvey's latest.

Song of the Year (new or old)
Eefje de Visser - 'In Het Gras'. Manages to make Dutch sound beautiful.

TV Show of the Year
Masterchef: The Professionals (a friend is appearing in tonight's final). Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle had a couple of moments.

Trip of the Year
Vienna - fantastic city. Inspired me to write a short story featuring the word Palimpsest.

Word of the Year
Enough.

Sight of the Year
Dover.

Grub of the Year
Roti.
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Old 15th Dec 2011, 16:56   #3
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New Book of the Year
I have 3 contenders!(as, it seems I do for Worst Book of the Year). What a thing it is to be indecisive. Can’t decide between Jamrach’s Menagerie, The Sisters Brothers and A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Old Book of the Year
Jane Eyre. Lovely lovely lovely.

Worst Book of the Year
I’m afraid One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner tops it out over One Day for me. Must be something to do with books that have ‘One’ in the title. Or maybe I should go for Jump! Since I haven’t managed to stomach more than half of it.

New Film of the Year
It seems to have been a lean year for decent films. I think I have to go with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Old Film of the Year
Ladri di Biciclette

Worst Film of the Year
Really, I’ve watched so few this year that it would be churlish to nominate one.

Album of the Year (new or old)
Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand, which I rediscovered through losing my i-pod and having to go back to an old mp3 player.

Song of the Year (new or old)
Lana Del Rey’s Video Games has haunted me for the last couple of months, although the lyrics disturb me, as do the rumours about her remodelling herself.

TV Show of the Year
Frozen Planet, of course. How could it be otherwise?

Trip of the Year
Always and forever, the Palimpsest BDO

Word of the Year
Bobbins, as in ‘That film was a load of bobbins’.

Sight of the Year
A number of Palimpers underneath a sign saying ‘Brains’.

Grub of the Year
Sachertorte out of my new edition concise Larousse worked far better than the Mary Berry Lemon Tart, so it gets the top spot. An honourable mention goes to Nigella’s White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies which are a nicely portable staple for taking round to friends this time of year.

Hero of the Year
Patrick deWitt, for giving much the most engaging reading at the Cheltenham Festival’s Booker event.

Zero of the Year
I know it’s like shooting fish in a barrel, but Jeremy Clarkson. Not that I agree with calls for the BBC to sack him, well not for the latest hoo-ha anyway, maybe just because he’s overpaid and unfunny.
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New Book of the Year
Great House - Nicole Krauss

Old Book of the Year
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Worst Book of the Year
even with 7 billion of us, there aren't enough turds to throw at Jilly Cooper for Score!

New Film of the Year
Moneyball

Old Film of the Year
Solaris

Song of the Year (new or old)
Come in From the Rain, Carmen McRae version

Trip of the Year -
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Always and forever, the Palimpsest BDO
yes!

Word of the Year
Numpty

Sight of the Year
Someone who's both a visual and sensual feast in his own right.

Grub of the Year - the most utterly amazing and perfectly poached fresh hen's egg, Woods Brasserie, Cardiff, Wales

Hero of the Year
Barack Obama, for keeping his cool and doing his job

Zero of the Year
US Congress
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Old 16th Dec 2011, 9:47   #5
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Can I change my Hero of the Year to Christopher Hitchens? Sad news to wake up to this morning.
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Old Book of the Year
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoot, David Mitchellwith honourable mentions to Books 1&2 of A Song of Fire and Ice, George R.R. Martin

Ancient Book of the Year
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradburywith an honourable mention to A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes
Worst Book of the Year
I don't have a "real" candidate, just this piece of old nonsense:
On the Symb-Socket Circuit, Kenneth Bulmer

New Film of the Year
Sita Sings the Blues

Old Film of the Year
The French Connection

Worst Film of the Year
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but only because it was utter shoite.
Ooh, and a late nod to The Cincinnati Kid, which I consider to be a real waste of my evening.

Song (and word) of the Year (new or old)
Prisencolinensinainciusol, what else?

Music Videos of the Year
Aside from the above, I Feel Better and One Life Stand by Hot Chip
all three are great tracks, great songs, and just make me feel all round great

TV Show of the Year
Breaking Bad

Trip of the Year
A week in Portugal, at Porto and Faro

Grub of the Year
Homemade hot cross buns

Hero of the Year
Christopher Hitchens

Online Discovery of the Year
The Khan Academy - my algebra has improved 4x this month alone...

Decision of the Year

Quitting my day job to be a full time writer - I can't wait for 2012!

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Old 18th Dec 2011, 18:53   #7
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New Book of the YearGillespie & I – Jane Harris

Old Book of the YearThe Kraken Wakes or The Year of the Flood

YA/Childen’s Book of the YearThe Fear – Charlie Higson

Worst Book of the YearThe White Queen – Philippa Gregory

New Film of the Year – three-way tie between Tangled, Of Gods & Men, Never Let Me Go

Old Film of the YearAmerican History X or Love’s Labours Lost (which I've watched four times at the last count.

Worst Film of the YearAngus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging

Album of the Year (new or old) - The Cecil Sharp Project

Song of the Year (new or old) - since I listened to this album overmuch in 2011, probably “Magic to Do” from the musical Pippin.

TV Show of the YearSherlock or Game of Thrones. Sean Bean or Benedict Cumberbatch...how do I choose?

Trip of the Year – literally, down the church steps and into hospital; otherwise, for the above reason, sadly not the BDO this year; probably the mini-break in Bruges last Feb: yards of C15th stuff and visiting the very house where Richard III stayed when he was in exile.

Word of the Year - Tendon

Sight of the Year – all the junior Cols playing with baby goats at a tiny zoo in the middle of France

Grub of the Year – avocado and bacon salad meal made by junior Cols for us on holiday

Hero of the Year – Anyone who was willing to strike peacefully against the cuts.

Zero of the Year – Michael Gove
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Each time this thread rolls around on Palimpsest I'm surprised that: A. a whole year has passed and B. I seem to have had even less to do with it than any previous year. This year I have even managed to go so far as to stop listening to the radio (TV and I got divorced a few years ago; we share access to the kids) so I have missed a whole year's worth of 'news' (try it, it's really liberating). My choices therefore reflect my total ignorance of 2011. (It is 2011 we're talking about, isn't it?)

New Book of the Year
Scrivener's Moon by Philip Reeve. By default; it's the only new book I remember buying all year.

Old Book of the Year
The House That Stood Still by AE van Vogt. (Bewilderment heaven.)

Worst (old) Book of the Year:
The Survivalist No. 6: The Savage Horde- Jerry Ahern - this may, in fact, turn out to be the worst (old) book of the decade.

New Film of the Year.
No idea.

Old Film of the Year
The Lady From Shanghai(1947) - I think this may have been my old film of the year last year too.

Worst (old) Film of the Year
(Which doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy it.)
In the Cut (2003) - (and I didn't. Loathsome film.)

Album of the Year (new or old)
This Album is Self Titled ( 2008 ) by the Kazoo Funk Orchestra

Song of the Year (new or old)
Telephone - Lady Ga-ga

TV Show of the Year:

Rastamouse
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Trip of the Year
n/a(Though I do remember going shopping a couple of times.)- aha! My birthday.Drove half way across Scotland to a big shed and spent the day moving a mountain of books and buying a boxful.

Word of the Year
Asberger's

Sight of the Year
(That I want to share in a public forum?) It snowed yesterday. That was pretty.

Grub of the Year
Tekka-don(plain boiled rice with raw tuna, sliced nori, and soy sauce). Daughter number one and I must have eaten a whole ton of tunny this way over the last year.

Hero of the Year:
The Libyan Nation (Not totally true about the newslessness. I occasionally saw newspaper headlines in the shops.)

Zero of the Year:
I was going to say David Cameron but realized it was really Clegg for letting him.
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I have done very little of any of the things that might qualify me to have an opinion, but no matter.

New Book of the Year
Gillespie & I by Jane Harris. A great big chunk of book that managed to keep its shape - and most importantly, its atmosphere - despite a long journey,

Old Book of the Year
Great Expectations by Dickens, for the umpteenth time; just in time for the Chrimble TV adaptation. In dispatches I will mention Turgenev's brilliant First Love.

Worst (old) Book of the Year:
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Orwell. I was impressed up until the approach to O'Brien and then the extracts from Goldstein's book. Then it became a massive chore and I nearly gave up.

New Film of the Year.
Probably Trollhunter for all round happiness. Special mention to Williams's performance in My Week With Marilyn.

Old Film of the Year
The Innocents, which elbowed Night of the Demon aside for a rare annual win.

Worst (old) Film of the Year
Zombie Honeymoon. Who knew?

Album of the Year (new or old)
I don't think I do music any more.

Song of the Year (new or old)
Nope, lost on that question.

TV Show of the Year:

Sherlock
. Honourable mention to Psychoville and The Killing.

Trip of the Year
Cardiff for the BDO, of course.

Word of the Year
"No."

Sight of the Year
Cranes at Welney, the most peculiar creatures.

Grub of the Year
Discovering that I could make hummus.

Hero of the Year:
A big hand for Tom Watson, of course. But I'll go for Basil D'Oliveira.

Zero of the Year:
Oh, Clegg, easily.
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New Book of the Year
Everything Beautiful Began After - Simon Van Booy. Though for sheer enjoyment The Art of Fielding comes a close second.

Old Book of the Year
The Claude Glass - Tom Bullough.

Worst Book of the Year
Has to be The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers which was fairly dire. The fact that it was a book I had been looking forward to made it even worse.

New Film of the Year
Don't think I've seen one.

Old Film of the Year
Watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the first time (!) which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Worst Film of the Year
Pass.

Album of the Year (new or old)
So many disappointing new albums this year that nothing really stands out. The Decemberists' The King is Dead and Bella Hardy's Songs Lost and Stolen are the ones I've listened to most though.

Song of the Year (new or old)
Shake it out - Florence + The Machine.

TV Show of the Year
The Killing (Forbrydelsen)

Trip of the Year
Not really been anywhere this year.

Word of the Year
I'd like to echo Amner's "no" here - I've been learning to say it this year and have found it to be very effective.

Sight of the Year
My Dad coming out of hospital two weeks after suffering a stroke. Distantly followed by seeing several pieces of my artwork on BBC Breakfast with Coast's Nick Crane talking about them - a real pinch yourself moment (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidde...in/photostream)

Grub of the Year
Grew my own blueberries, black currants and red currants for the first time this year - gorgeous.

Hero of the Year
Dr Singh of Salford Royal.

Zero of the Year
Susan Hill.

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