Annual Reviews

Dominic’s Big Review of 2016

Llama problems

Let’s be honest. For the world as a whole, 2016 will not be remembered as a vintage year. But if the world is ending, then all the more reason to celebrate my crisscrossing of it while it was still there. Here’s my annual review! January As 2015 passed into 2016, I was asleep in California. Apologies for …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2015

Welcome to Prague

Never knowing how long I will be here, this year I wanted to take full advantage of living in Chicago. Not just as a city (although just count the number of plays below!) but also as a base to explore the rest of the country. I think I did pretty well… January I celebrated New Year (Central Time) with …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2014

Finally, the coveted track jacket

“I’d say this was a life-changing year,” I was advised for this blog today. Well, yes, quite a lot happened in 2014. It was a twisty journey which took me from London to Chicago, but I’ve never been more glad for having seized an opportunity with both hands. January For a second year running, I celebrated New Year …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2013

The HugenBoogie

If 2013 was anything, it was the year of totally unexpected travel. Through a combination of work, love and fun – often at the same time – I made it to seven countries and rather too many airports. January New Year in Mile End was marked by Cambridge-work-flatmate melding, a cappella Puff the Magic Dragon …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2012

Tuscany

Here we go again: my year, month by month, following the usual Herculean attempt to reconstruct what (and when) on earth actually happened from tweets, photos and even the occasional blog post… January 2012 kicked off at Speechley’s housesitting party, watching the fireworks and gorging on Indian takeaway before some ill-advised face painting. In January …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2011

Sunny California: this was my Februrary

Even though the BBC probably weren’t thinking of me specifically when they dubbed 2011 ‘the year when a lot happened’, I might appropriate it, because it was quite a ride. Thanks to everyone who made it happen, whether for one day or the whole year… January SexFest On Tour gifted the art of midnight pillow …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2010

A few of the most important people

In a lazy moment I solicited any stalkers on Twitter to write the annual review for me. Result: “Amber’s birthday was really good, and so were the times I bumped into Marion and Amber in the park… the rest of 2010 wasn’t very memorable, think I did some sleeping and maybe some eating and maybe …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2009

2009: full of good food and great people

Short of time? Next year, don’t bother to read the blog… you can always wait for the grand and over-stuffed review of the year. January Traditions, traditions! SexFest ’09 may have innovated by ditching pillows for balloons this year but was otherwise its usual big, bold and thoroughly mad self. The month it inaugurated, however, …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2008

Never-before-seen dancing!

You guessed it: it’s time for the long-established (this being the third year ) review of the year! So, what on earth happening during 2008? January New Year’s SexFest ’08 at Joshua’s was the biggest yet – no doubt helped by the beautiful sponsorship banners which Lucy and I created for the event. The rest …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2007

Lucy and me in my room at Cambridge

You never know, if I keep doing this it might become sort of tradition – yes, it’s the yearly review thingy! Again! So here’s what happened in 2007… January Once again, the year began at Joshua’s New Year Party (or SexFest 07, as I affectionately named it, for tongue in cheek reasons of course) with …

Dominic’s Big Review of 2006

It could only be New York…

In the interests of reflection, here’s a my life in a year sorta thing, the big question being ‘which huge events have I accidentally forgotten?’… January 2006 began at Joshua’s New Year Party. GCSEs seemed rather far away as I had my first AS exams in English and Physics (as well as ICT, quickly forgotten). …