Thursday, January 11, 2018

Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly, Good golly, Miss Molly and boats, Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet, Jump back in the alley and nanny goats (Ian Dury)

Photo by Erick Tang on Unsplash
50 Reasons to be cheerful in 2017:

  • Looking forward, each week, to James Whatley's Five Things on a Friday 
  • Christmas visits from the family (Jade, Adam, Samantha)
  • Blacklist binges on Netflix
  • Reading my newspaper The Walrus Gumboot - courtesy of
  • stories - usually a few gems with each edition, although the message that I'd exceeded my monthly quota was annoying
  • Seeing Jerry Seinfeld with Jade
  • Morning feel good quotes for/from the staff at morning briefings
  • Vox sentences
  • Watching Dunkirk with Jacky
  • Thomas Oppong's articles via
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi 
  • Austin Kleon's newsletter that comes into my inbox regularly
  • Lunchtime walks with my coach, Liz
  • Paul McCartney on December 16 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
  • Lindsay Hope's CD collection will be giving pleasure for a long time to come
  • Seth Godin's blog, which comes every day, regularly provides food for thought 
  • November trip to Keri Keri for a weekend thanks to the kids
  • Dan Rockwell's advice, again every day, has pearls of regular wisdom
  • Whatsapp - the vehicle for hilarious fandamily interactions
  • Netflix has provided great viewing throughout the year
  • The Arsenal victory over Spurs was a tonic in an otherwise forgettable season, again
  • Greg Knowles' Seventies Music blog provides a shedload of memories
  • Daily writing on my blogs
  • Visiting Universal Studios at the start of the year with Samantha
  • Regular visits to Real Groovy in Auckland for vinyl 
  • Marbeck's Records and JB Hi-Fi are still providing CD fixes
  • Messages and videos from Noel Forth via Messenger
  • Facebook hilarity from mates Greg Knowles and Kevin Simms
  • Driving with Samantha and Jacky from San Francisco to LA along the Pacific coast
  • Disneyland with Jacky - the happiest place on earth for us
  • IHOP Anaheim and blueberry pancakes
  • The view from the top of the Brynderwyn Hills looking towards Whangarei
  • Autumn, every year
  • Card for my 60th birthday from my staff
  • Playing backyard cricket with the kids again
  • 366 Days With Wisdom by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
  • The Hard Rock Cafes in London and San Francisco
  • Finding the new copy of West Bruce and Laing's Whatever Turns You On
  • Reading 50 books in the year and fulfilling a goal
  • Our new Border Collie, Jerry, and his surviving Parvo
  • Seeing Jeanette Thomas at the Macca concert
  • The organic Whole Life Cafe in Maungaturoto is a life saver
  • Taking the ferry to Russell
  • The drive from Russell to Whangarei that takes in the Helena Bay Hill Gallery and Cafe (great, great gardens)
  • The spectacular tree outside my ART room
  • Seeing Keegan happy and purposeful in China
  • The view from our lounge towards the Bryderwyns
  • Building the horse yards for Grace and Beetlebaum
  • Playing ball chase games with Jerry
  • Browsing in Amoeba Records, San Francisco
  • Mocha at the Beach Cafe Ruakaka (my cup runneth over - this being #51)

Love and peace and into 2018 we go...Wozza

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