Well, it’s almost 2011. Can you believe that? I see years fly by like a sneeze and they get quicker each year (Oh dear, I sound like my Mom).
So much has happened over the past few years it seems that my life has run away with the reins a little and I’m bobbing about on the back of the carriage trying to regain control. Not in a bad way, just in a “Wait for me” kind of way.
We now live in Dubai of all places – Who knew? – read The Bio Bit tag for further details. We’ve settled in quite quickly, both being quite good at acclimatisation. Though, I’ve been manic these past few weeks; even having hallucinations at one point. That was pretty strange – seeing an Arabian guy in full regalia standing with his arms crossed staring down at me – whilst in bed! Nice – NOT! I’m now scared of the dark in our apartment – ridiculous. He bought with him an add smell too: tea leaves and dog biscuits.
Terrified, I snuggled down into the safety of my quilt, occasionally poking my head up from beneath it to see him standing there. He’d shrug his head over his right shoulder as if silently requesting that I get up and go somewhere with him – yeah right. Like that was going to happen.
Eventually, he slowly turned around and left. I swear he was as clear to me then as your dog or husband or sibling, or whoever‘s close to you right now, is. I’ve had this experience throughout my life – around ten times now. The only thing which changes is the visitor.
Some people suppose it’s ghosts – that being bipolar somehow makes us more sensitive to spirits. Some think its lucid dreams or a kind of sleep paralysis. What are your thoughts actually – I’d love to discuss it and related issues.
I just know it signifies a jump in my mood to an erratic time where sleep is unsound and infrequent, and I actually get things done. It also means I’m hyper in general, so that I’m quick to cry or laugh or freak out or quarrel, I’m inpatient and my head runs off with itself. I’m effectively medicated though, and I measure my dose according to the effect of the mood on me at any one time and generally keep some semblance of order within the chaos. 😉
Here, I want to discuss a few things about 2010: T.V; Music; Books; Movies.
T.V in 2010
Reading about what’s been happening with T.V 2010, I wasn’t surprised to hear that The X Factor got the highest ratings of shows watched in the U.K., though ratings which took into account shows watched when recorded show it came second only to England’s World Cup match against Germany on 27 June was seen by 17.4m on BBC One and BBC One HD. The X Factor was also the most complained about show on T.V, with almost 6000 complaints made and fourth place for complaints was World Cup Live: England vs USA with 825 complaints.
Did any of you watch X Factor this year – or ever? It’s the Marmite of T.V I realise. I admit I like it (though with pink cheeks ;). This year I only watched it up until the last three weeks of it though, as we moved to Dubai then and I had so much else to sort out that I let it slide. I don’t vote (they make too much money already), but I do ‘support’ on Face Book. My choices were the top two anyway. What were yours, or do you just loathe these kinds of T.V shows? I’m not a reality T.V show person as a rule, but I do enjoy talent shows. When it looks as though there’s a fix in the mix I lose interest. There are arguments for either side with which I agree, if I’m honest.
But essentially, I love a good voice – and I think both of the top two had those. What do you think of Matt Cardle and his new single? There are of course the occasional ‘winners’ who really do, do well out of The X-Factor though, and with good reason, like Leona Lewis. She’s got soul and a wicket set of lungs! And Simon Cowell’s unauthorised biography was number three of Amazons bestselling books of 2010.
And it seems you guy’s in the U.S love this stuff too – Pop Idol was apparently top 1 & 2 of your most watched T.V show poll up till August of this year. I couldn’t find a final judgement on your round up of 2010 however. But it’s bound to be the overall winner don’t you think? (Any more up to date info. is always welcome in comments).
“But why?” I hear you yell. Well, I think it’s because humanity can pretty perverse really. We love to see the no-marks at the beginning who get humiliated for our pleasure, then we enjoy a ‘Trier’ and a ‘hard-luck-story’ and a hero/heroine story, and a rags-to-riches story always wins us over. You get it all in these programmes.
It’s not about the music or even the people we get to know over all the weeks and auditions, it’s about the rhetoric. Once the rhetoric stops (and the show ends) we all but forget about the winners until they occasionally pop up on T.V again, or in some pantomime or shopping mall opening a hot-dog stand 😉
What were your favourites this year? I loved all things Trueblood. The books were better, but thats usually the case. I still loved the show. And all things Vampire Diaries (yes – I dig Vampires – no I’m not a goth). And more recently there was the Walking Dead. How brilliant it was – quality of film, longevity of a series. I hope they make a second series, though according to the popularity I imagine it will – and I’ll be watching behind my pillow – ;). Then there is Desperate Housewives of course. Love those ladies. That show keeps on giving. Oh, and BBC’S Merlin. I know I’m perhaps too old for it now, but I love the magical side of things. I’m eagerly awaiting Being Human – Everyone must watch this who has evaded it so far. Especially if you enjoy Brit humour, ghosts, werewolves and vampires. Check list complete for me!
MUSIC of 2010
According to http://allcharts.org/ the top selling record in the U.S was by Katy Perry: Firework which is on her latest album, Teenage Dream. And best selling record in the world for this year (so far) was The Time (dirty Bit) by Black Eyed Peas. According to Billboard.com however, most popular overall artist was Lady Gaga. None of the above are my kinds of music. I’m not a lover of pop or hi-hop or dance music. I prefer a good voice and better lyrics mostly. See my playlists. I greatly enjoyed two albums last year, Paloma Faith’s album which was actually released end of 2009, is fabulous, and she’s just as great live. As was Florence and The Machine. Both I bought January 2010. Marvellous stuff.
What were your favourites?
Trivia: Did you know that although Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus certainly demanded the headlines in 2010, none banked quite as much money as Beyoncé during 2010, according to Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s 20 Highest Earners of 2010.
Also, Michael Jackson is the highest earning dead celebrity.
BOOKS IN 2010
Top Books – MMM!? I have no idea how I could actually judge this amongst my own reading. I read a lot and love all kinds of books for different reasons. I might say True Blood series, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight Saga, some of the great classics I’ve discovered free on my Kindle (my new BFF and was Amazon’s best seller of 2010, indeed in its history, having recently taken the crown from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – now half price btw !) like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Camilla, Sense and Sensibility. Or should I include some of the many thrillers( The Girl Who….Series)/horrors (The Strain)/paranormal romances I read by the bucket-load? What would you include?
According to the Guardian News Paper…
Sam Mendes – Director – chose Jonathan Franzen‘s Freedom – “… was head and shoulders above any other book this year: moving, funny, and unexpectedly beautiful. I missed it when it was over.”
Sebastian Faulks – Novelist – chose The Big Short by Michael Lewis (Allen Lane), “…an account of how a group of people contrived to bring the banking system to its knees, to take much of your money and many of your jobs, to condemn your children to a life of debt – and got away unpunished, with millions in their own back pockets.”
What about you?
MOVIES IN 2010
Oscar Winners List 2010:
1) ‘Avatar’ (my husband said it was over-hyped and uninteresting – I didn’t see it)
2) ‘The Blind Side’ (a beautiful true story of a gentle giant orphan taken in by an amazing woman)
3) ‘District 9’ (thrilling, scary, well thought out, and great characterisation)
4) ‘An Education’ (I didn’t see this – Did you?)
5) ‘The Hurt Locker’ (engrossing, evocative, a thrill ride into dark realities of war.)
6) ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (amusing film, enjoyable to watch.)
7) ‘Precious’ (stunning performances and a heartfelt story)
8) ‘A Serious Man’ (I didn’t see this – Did you?)
9) ‘Up’ (I didn’t see this – Did you?
10)‘Up in the Air’ (I didn’t see this – Did you?)
The New York Times best movies (“Most Popular Movies, also known as TimesPulse, calculates the most popular movies among NYTimes.com readers, based on the cumulative number of reviews read, movie details pages viewed and trailers accessed”) right now are….
1) True Grit
(2010, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, PG-13)
The Coen brother’s remake of True Grit brings Rooster Cogburn back to life. That can’t be bad.
(2010, Sofia Coppola, R)
Sofia Coppola’s new film – she’s hit and miss, but I’d give it a go.
3) Black Swan
(, Darren Aronofsky, R)
Natalie Portman plays an ambitious ballerina struggling to deal with stardom.
4) Gulliver’s Travels
(2010, Rob Letterman, PG)
“Jonathan Swift takes a long trek to assess the modern cinematic take on his most famous creation” Not my cup of tea though Jack Black’s a funny guy, albeit in the same way every time.
5) The Illusionist
(, Sylvain Chomet, PG)
“…about the friendship between a struggling magician and a teenage girl.”
6) The Fighter
(2010, David O. Russell, R)
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale play brothers in The Fighter. Love Mr Bale, so this would be a dead cert for me.
7) The King’s Speech
(, Tom Hooper, R)
In The King’s Speech, “Colin Firth portrays a wartime monarch with a stuttering problem.” Not a fan of Colin Firth – he’s always the same character in all his films? He should play a drug addict or a wrestler?
8) Little Fockers
(, Paul Weitz, PG-13)
In Little Fockers, “the addition of children and the passage of time lead Jack (Robert De Niro) to wonder if Greg (Ben Stiller) is ready to step into his role.” All of these have been great – Focking great idea, these movies.
9) Secret Sunshine
(2007, Lee Chang-dong, NR)
“There is nothing ordinary about this movie, or about the story it tells.” That quote screams for me to watch it. It sounds like a challenge.
10) Tron: Legacy
(2010, Joseph Kosinski, PG)
I watched this with my husband today and it was ‘Pants!’ Sorry, it was all lighting and no curtains. 😉
Well, what do you think? Have you seen any of these lately or do you have an opinion on any of the aforementioned items? Please leave comments for our readers to peruse.
Also, it’s soon to be 2011 and newer music, movies and books will be climbing the charts for next year. As the year progresses and purchases of books, discs, downloads and cinema tickets ( hopefully some of which will be from my shop ; p) mount up, do check in here and give us your feedback.
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Oh yeah – And have a superb 2010 New Year Celebration, and may 2011 be your year! 😉