Sunday, 27 December 2015

Random Bits of 2015

Around this time of year everybody and their dog seems to be writing up about the last 12 months, and the best of everything within them (films, TV, music, etc.) Though I'll be posting some sort of video review of the year, I thought I'd do things my own way - by trying to capture as many memories from the last year as I can.


Watching The X Files season 1 and 2 across the month, one or two episodes a night before going to bed. I repeated the activity, this time watching season 3, in December.

I wrote at least one thing every day throughout January. These included issues of Darkened Avenue that were 8 years overdue! Also tackled were prose Doctor Who stories, and episodes of my family soap The Kenchucky Tree. I kept the momentum going into February, but when I started working on the scripts for Fellow things slowed down, and I missed various days writing. After that, I never got back into the groove of daily writing again. Oh well... there's always 2016 to achieve this!
Vue Piccadilly (where I was based at this point) always being packed, due to a great selection of films. This was the busiest month that cinema ever had.

Being silly in Tyger, Hammersmith - putting on a princess crown, and pretending to shop with a tiny trolley!
Eating pub lunch, and introducing Gabby to Yorkshire Pudding!


Eating Square Pies... at home!

Going to watch Ennio Morricone in concert at the O2. It was magnificent!

Spending Valentine's Day at the newly opened Pizza Express on Leicester Square, and then on Greenwich's Cable Cars.

I went bowling for my birthday - with all the family around.
Finally uploading all my old DV tapes to digital format.

Lunchtimes at work, and being brought free sandwiches and hot drinks across from the Curzon down the road. I don't think I showed my appreciation for this enough at the time.

Sitting on Nelson's Column on Trafalgar Square, talking through the decision to resign from Vue and what would happen next. All decisions should be made sitting there, on Nelson's Column.


Eating Kürtőskalács (Chimney Cake) and Lángos whilst in Budapest.

Gabby's cat hiding behind the cupboards in her mum's living room.

Receiving a plastic oven glove as a present from Gyöngyi. I didn't trust it'd work at first... and still don't!

Searching for ANYTHING Doctor Who related whilst in Hungary. You know what?! I found something, too!!

Driving the pedal kart around Margaret Island:

Visiting the Szimpla Kert, and loving it. I wrote my name on the wall upstairs!
Going for a drink at a Leicester Square casino with my friend James, and accidentally ending up in a strip club ("Lola's") in their basement. Neither of us knew where to look! So awkward.


My Picturehouse interview. Ouch. I sucked. They sucked even more.

Working the Avengers 2 premiere at Vue Westfield, which included a run-in with a well known UK film/TV actor, who had brought a black bag and was attempting to steal chocolates at the end of the screening!

Arguing with my former landlord, who said that I hadn't paid a deposit when I moved into my Shepherds Bush room. Eventually, when I threatened to go to the citizen advice bureau, he backed down and effectively gave me my money back.

Debora resigning from work, only 5 months into the job. Being asked by my GM to stay on an extra 4 weeks, and agreeing.

Filming in a Nando's! Then... filming on a selfie stick, in the middle of Piccadilly Circus!


Watching the General Election results on the Green Room TV at work... and being really pissed when it became clear what the result would be.

Part of one wisdom tooth started to crumble away, leaving a sharp edge on it that cut the inside of my cheek. I had to go back home and have it removed - but first, had to wait an agonising couple of weeks to find enough time to get off work!

Missing my original leaving party - as the TGI Friday restaurant took waaaaay too long serving us. I had to nip across town to watch the Matilda musical - and did so on an empty stomach!

Visiting all of the Vue cinemas in Inner London, all within 1 day.


Learning that Donna's dog Dylan had died :(

Finally getting that long overdue eye test!

Watching The Curious Incident of the Dog At The Night Time. I sat on the front row, on a special "prime number" seat. Because the letters of my name, as numbers, add up to a prime number - I won a special badge prize!
That awful date in Pizza Hut.

Meeting deers at Bushy Park. Do not offer them nuts! One started to approach me, and it was the single most terrifying experience of my life! Well, not quite, but you get my point.

Cooking tacos!

Shaving my hair off, to a number 2 (the shortest I'd had it in 2 years)

Going to the premiere of Entourage: The Movie. I had worked in Leicester Square for two years, and never once got a chance to walk the red carpet for myself. When I resigned, I requested the opportunity to do so. During the premiere I was given a champagne flavour ice lolly. Disgusting!


Watching Jurassic World with my nephew Tyler - his very first time in the cinema! He was restless after a while, and you had to chuckle seeing him moving between seats - sitting with his parents, and then me.

Meeting Lorand, the white van driver who helped me move my stuff from Ealing to Southfields. Later, in November, he would move it from there to my new base - in Woolwich.

The giant spider that lived in my bedroom all summer.

Watching The X Factor auditions being recorded with sisters Donna and Lauren. Waiting outside for hours, I got a very sunburnt neck - which is visible in Fellow, actually!

Tiziana visiting Manchester.


My nephew Jamie calling me a variety of different names all rhyming with Ant (but never just "Ant"). These included: Pant, Jant, Blant, Plant, Dant, Fant, etc.

Singing the song from Pixar's Lava with Tyler every car journey.

Tyler's 3rd birthday party (but also, multiple times this year) where I was dragged into the children's play area/ball pool by my nephews, who wanted me to play.

Flirting with the girl in Southend's Baskin Robbins.

Matt's birthday party... which he was 4 hours late to! During it, everybody commented how fat I had gotten, and how my new glasses made me look like a paedo.


Running every day this summer - building up from managing only 3 laps to 20.

Attending the Doctor Who premiere in Cardiff, and meeting Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi and Jemma Coleman (who, btw, was definitely checking me out!!)

Sleeping on James' sofa for two weeks during Raindance. Thanks again, buddy!

Receiving a significant tax return!


Watching Jerone's short film, The Cut, on the big screen.

My conversation with Elliot at the end of Raindance ;)

Meeting Svetlana at London Film Festival.

Taking the dog for daily walks, and trying to find new routes and pathways not previously explored.


Finding out my ex Clare is now married (and congratulations to her).

Me and future Housemate-Jack discussing "ghash" properties. We visited one house that was literally being held together by scaffolding! Jack wasn't amused, and called the estate agent to cancel.

Then... sat in a McDonald's with Housemate-Jack, working out what we could/couldn't afford in a London property.

Meeting new housemate Sharanus, who immediately showed me to his bong!


Sitting in the plush Private Member's bar at Picturehouse Central, with James, Alberto and Stella.

Meeting Lenny Henry and hearing his thoughts on Brian Michael Bendis.

Name dropping Frank Miller to every single customer at Forbidden Planet.

Me and Workmate-Jack doing constant Alan Moore voice impressions. His better than mine, as my voice started to go, and then my Alan slipped from a Northampton accent, to basically Cockney.

Applying clothes pegs to Mafalda. Don't ask.
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