This Was 2002

Top Ten Movies I Saw This Year

Out of three dozen or so.

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. Donnie Darko
  3. Chopper*
  4. Mulholland Drive
  5. Insomnia
  6. Spider-Man
  7. The Royal Tenenbaums
  8. Gosford Park
  9. Lost in La Mancha
  10. The Guru**

*Released in 2000 and it was on DVD, but what the hell.
**Or some other light comedy that will be bumped from the top ten as soon as I see The Two Towers anyway. Actually, the DVD of series one of The Office was funnier than any of them.

Top Ten Books Read This Year

I'm cheating by listing a trilogy as one book.

  1. Ian McEwan, Atonement
  2. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials
  3. Nicholson Baker, Double Fold
  4. George Orwell, 1984
  5. Nick Hornby, How to Be Good
  6. Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation
  7. Redmond O'Hanlon, Into the Heart of Borneo
  8. Jonathan Coe, The House of Sleep
  9. Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace, Are YOU Dave Gorman?
  10. Joe Queenan, My Goodness: A Cynic's Shortlived Search for Sainthood

Top Ten, er, Twelve CDs Discovered This Year

  1. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
  2. Royksopp, Melody A.M.
  3. Air, 10 000 Hz Legend
  4. Beck, Sea Change
  5. Lola Rentt (soundtrack)
  6. James, Pleased to Meet You
  7. Luna, Romantica
  8. Mint Royale, Dancehall Places
  9. Supergrass, Life on Other Planets
  10. Space, Spiders
  11. Mull Historical Society, Loss
  12. Les Hommes, Les Hommes (Schema Records)

Excluding non-2002 releases from that list leaves only six... my 2002-only list would also include: The Chemical Brothers, Come With Us; Badly Drawn Boy, About a Boy; Bebel Gilberto, Tanto Tempo; and Doves, The Last Broadcast.

Cities I Visited This Year

In chronological order. Guess I can't count Edinburgh as a "visit" any more.

  1. Glasgow, Scotland (multiple times)
  2. London, England
  3. York, England
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Leuven, Belgium
  6. Brussels, Belgium
  7. Bruges, Belgium
  8. Berlin, Germany
  9. Vienna, Austria
  10. Nottingham, England
  11. Aberdeen, Scotland (twice)
  12. Newcastle, England
  13. Barcelona, Spain

11 December 2002

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