2014 // The Year of the Ice Bucket Challenge

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As usual I like to write a summary of the year, the things that inspired, the music, the books, and other things that I enjoyed throughout the year.    Its a good way to keep track of things and mark the time so it will all make sense when we look back over.    In all honesty, its been a difficult year.   Ups and Downs obviously, but we’ve been at too many very emotional funerals, had to fork out for too many household items and the dreaded ‘terrible twos’ etc etc . . and what was that Ice Bucket Challenge all about?

However, there has been wonderful things too,

We had a fun trip to the Peak District for L’Eroica Britannia.

A trip to Prague,

We also had another fun trip to Kefalos, Kos.

Did artwork for Findlay Napier and Chris Sherburn album

Won a TokyoBike

Started listening to Vinyl (after buying Joni a record player).

Voted YES in the Independence Referendum

The album I played guitar, piano, mandolin on came out  (Home:Handover – Eric La Casa)

Went to visit The Kelpies.

Grew a beard.

Took part in the Edinburgh Harris Tweed Ride.

Went to loads of gigs during the Commonwealth Festival (including some at the Kelvingrove Bandstand)

Went to Belladrum Festival

Cycled an electric bike and a cargo bike, and also drove a van.

Learned how to play a ukelele

MUSIC / 2014

And, in no particular order. . . . . . . .

Fatherson – I Am an Island

Blue Rose Code – The Ballads of Peckham Rye

Douglas Dare – Whelm

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were

The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland

Peter Gregson – Lights In The Sky

Paulo Nutini – Caustic Love

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

BOOKS / 2014

Yeah Yeah Yeah – Bob Stanley

The People’s Songs – Stuart Maconie

Crosstown Traffic – Charles Shaar Murray

FILM / 2014


Gone Girl

300: Rise of an Empire

All Is By My Side

Get On Up


House of Cards


Orange is the New Black




Sonic Highways (Dave Grohl Documentary)

Anyway, lots of cool photos from the year on here and also here on my Blipfoto. 

and this happened. . .