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Christmas Card Letter: 2012

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Monday 19th November 2012

Dear Reader,

Another year passes us by, time flies by so quickly doesn’t it? For me this year has been a mix of passive times with periods of immense activity. In January I bought myself an iMac (see iMac Part 1 & iMac Part 2), promising myself to write creatively more often. In April I went to watch Steps to relive my youth with mum, Ian & Jodie.

(Above left to right: Ian, Mum & Jodie. Steps Logo on MEN screen. Jodie & Mum.)

In May I had two weeks of annual leave and celebrated my birthday at Alton Towers. If you’ve never been to Alton Towers…you must go; it’s a brilliant day out. During my time off I also visited Chester Zoo for Steve’s Birthday and visited Steve’s family in Hastings.

(Above left to right: Steve in Giant Turtle Shells. Two Cheetahs sunbathing. Me, Steve’s Friend & Steve in Masks at the gift shop.)

My Degree in Nursing results were released in June and I got a Upper Second (2:1) Honours. I felt a sense of achievement and a sense of relief that it was finally over after I previously had to put the final module back a year.

Sye came to stay in July for the Summer. With his arrival I felt a renewed level of motivation to get things done. He returned to Uni. in Salford in the Autumn, it was good having him to stay but I am glad that he’s back where he wants to be.

I had a day trip to Liverpool in August with my good friends Chrys & Simon. Chrys being a proper scouser (minus the accent) showed us round the beautiful city and for the first time I understood why people love the city: the architecture, the culture (music) and the seemingly relaxed nature of the people.

Just before the day trip to Liverpool I started experiencing some severe back pain. After seeing my GP I had an x-ray, was given some painkillers and was referred to Physio. My back’s still causes me some grief now, but the combination of co-codamol and physio exercises have massively reduced the amount of pain I experience.

Having continued to blog throughout the year including several book reviews, I was surprised in September when I had caught the eye of a Publicist (who works for several publishers). This Publicist, from Publishers Group UK asked me if I would review one of their books. I had a bit of a confidence crisis, as I had absolutely no confidence in my writing but Sye encouraged me to go for it. So I did…

The Publicist was that pleased with my review that he sent me another five books to read and at one point stated “a career as a book reviewer beckons!” This was a huge complement and has given me a little more confidence around my writing.

About a week or so ago, I was approached by a Publicist Manager for Headline publishers who have asked me to review a copy of Fuse the second book in a trilogy.

Among my plans for next year is to develop my writing further. But for now I’m focusing on Yule and Christmas. Things are changing this Christmas; for the first time ever Mum is working on Christmas Day, I am off work for the whole Christmas period and I am going to attempt (with Steve) to make Christmas Dinner. Ha ha should be fun at the very least.

Have a joyful festive period,

Antony, Dylan & Russell (the cats)

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S Club Reunite – Missing Members, Out Of Tune and Older

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After Take That reformed, it was only a matter of time before other 90’s pop bands reformed. Last Spring I went watching Steps after they reformed (see Re-Living My Youth: Steps Live). So when I heard a rumor that S Club were reforming I did a YouTube search and found this video:

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It’s from an Australian TV programme called The Morning Show. The first thing I noticed was that there are several missing members. Where’s Hannah, Rachael & Jon? S Club’s reformed with only Jo, Bradley and Paul.

Next I noticed that they were out of tune; now don’t get me wrong I can’t sing but their performance reminded me of a really bad XFactor audition. Finally I noticed they are older, which is to be expected but I didn’t expect them to look that old. Their performance in the video (above) is really disappointing, especially when compared with this video of how they used to be:

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I wont be re-living my youth by going to watch S Club on their “international tour.” If you are going reform, at least do it whole (have all the band members back) and do it well (be able to sing) otherwise it wont give the audience a sense of nostalgia but disappoint them and taint their memories of you.

It’s interesting that since this appearance I haven’t heard anymore about S Club reforming or their “international tour.”

Blog soon,


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