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Dominic's Big Review of 2016

Dominic's Big Review of 2016

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[...]
Sharon Dinkin, Andy Regan, Chloe Booth, Randi Lawrence, Matt Montagano, Steven Petitpas-Polselli, Stephanie Francesca Pereira, Frankie Regan, Christina Constantine, Sue Buxton, Nigel Christine Hurley, Natasha Self, Kristina Francisco, Gillian Self, Carrie Schedler, Abigail Osbiston, Laura Sauerberg Raine, Ellen Wohlberg, Sara Nistor, Catherine Tarsney, Beth Dubowe-Lawrence liked this post
Dominic's Big Review of 2015

Dominic's Big Review of 2015

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[...]
Crystal Lee, Catherine Tarsney, Ellen Wohlberg, Katie Sharing, Allison Norman, Randi Lawrence, Kristina Francisco, Jason Zhou, Daryl Cooper, Susannah Belcher, Abigail Osbiston, Stephanie Francesca Pereira, Helen Hudspith liked this post
Dominic's Big Review of 2014

Dominic's Big Review of 2014

"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[...]
Crystal Lee, Andrew Kings, Karen Troop, Taylor Meghan, Jennifer Myers, Randi Lawrence, Saujanya Gumidyala, Abigail Osbiston liked this post
Dominic's Big Review of 2013

Dominic's Big Review of 2013

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[...]
Marika Dekker, Matthew Appleton, Charlotte Speechley, Andrew Zolnai, Paul Osbiston, Crystal Lee, Elena Peregrina, Jamie Freedman liked this post
Dominic's Big Review of 2012

Dominic's Big Review of 2012

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[...]
Dominic's Big Review of 2011

Dominic's Big Review of 2011

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.[...]
Dominic's Big Review of 2010

Dominic's Big Review of 2010

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[...]
Dominic's Big Review of 2009

Dominic's Big Review of 2009

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[...]
Dominic's Big Review of 2008

Dominic's Big Review of 2008

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? Never-before-seen dancing! January New Year's SexFest '08 at[...]
Dominic's Big Review of 2007

Dominic's Big Review of 2007

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[...]
Dominic's Big Review of 2006

Dominic's Big Review of 2006

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[...]

Books

2016: My Year In Books

2016: My Year In Books

I am really, really pleased with the books I read in 2016. And I tried to get better about making some quick notes as I did so... partly to remember more,[...]
Andy Regan, Stephanie Francesca Pereira, Chloe Booth, Natasha Self, Gillian Self, Sharon Dinkin, Katie Sharing liked this post
2015: My Year In Books

2015: My Year In Books

After a dip in 2014, this year I returned to my upward curve for number of books read. And yes, while caring about the raw number is silly, it's also a[...]
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2014: My Year In Books

2014: My Year In Books

Confession: this year, I failed in my reading target of reading 'at least one more book than last year', which would have required a minimum of 31. I could make[...]
Matthew Shaw, Stephanie Francesca Pereira, Randi Lawrence, Gillian Self, Helen Hudspith, Simon T Abernethy liked this post

The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but never got around to finishing it off. But I like the idea of putting a blog on auto-pilot, so I'm setting[...]
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Love Letters to the Home Office

Love Letters to the Home Office

Tonight I was invited by Abbi to join the book launch of Love Letters to the Home Office, a collection of stories about families kept apart by the UK's 2012 immigration laws.[...]
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2013: My Year In Books

2013: My Year In Books

Success! For another year running, I've managed to meet my target of reading at least one more than last year's total. And here they were: Having discovered Ishiguro last year, in[...]
2012: My Year In Books

2012: My Year In Books

Thanks to beauty of Goodreads, here's what I've read in 2012: I immensely enjoyed reading The Remains of the Day - my first book of 2012 - but regard it even[...]
Book Review

Book Review

So this is an experiment, inspired entirely by watching Tash this morning, at reviewing the books I've read during 2011 so far. My tastes are perhaps rather eccentric, so this[...]

Fun Stuff

Arsenal Concert Plans

To: pdimoldenberg @ quatro-consults.co.uk Cc: andy.hull @ islington.gov.uk; theresa.debono @ islington.gov.uk; richard.greening @ islington.gov.uk To whom it may concern, I recently received a leaflet informing local residents of a planning application on behalf[...]

Nothing Comic Anymore

"I... I... I thought we had something. I believed in you! I loved you, dammit, I loved you! But you kept this from me – you lied, lied about the[...]
Ricky's cry for help

Ricky's cry for help

Ricky Martin - God's lost child? Ricky Martin is a legend. With international fame and fortune, girls love him, guys love him, sheep probably love him. No one actually honestly deep-in-their-heart[...]

Longer Reads

Dominic vs. Freedom #3: Toledo

Dominic vs. Freedom #3: Toledo

On Election Day morning, I head out on another canvassing 'packet' of doors to knock. The list is designed to identify known Democratic supporters with patchy voting records. Our aim[...]
Deborah Herrick, Sue Buxton, Gillian Self, Amanda Schalk, Caroline Cummins, Karen Troop, Steven Petitpas-Polselli, Paul Osbiston, Christina Constantine, Chloe Booth, Sharon Dinkin, Jason Zhou liked this post
Mega Cult (The Dread of Something After, Part 2)

Mega Cult (The Dread of Something After, Part 2)

I have a jokey conspiracy theory that Scientology is just a front organisation, cobbled together by other world religions to improve their reputations. It's easy to declare that the idea of[...]
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Mega Church (The Dread of Something After, Part 1)

Mega Church (The Dread of Something After, Part 1)

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. (Spotify) We huddle along our row as the band plays. The balcony affords an excellent view[...]
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Dominic vs. Freedom #2: Monster Trucks

Dominic vs. Freedom #2: Monster Trucks

We put down our $10.25 plastic cups of Budweiser to stand for the national anthem. As the arena goes dark, the screens fill with the American flag and stock footage of[...]
Katie Sharing, Randi Lawrence, Paul Osbiston liked this post
The Story of Christmas

The Story of Christmas

Once upon a time, a very long time ago on the planet Earth, a species of ape evolved named homo sapiens sapiens, or human beings. At first glance, there seemed[...]
Randi Lawrence, Gillian Self, Sue Buxton, Cloak Dangerfield, Ermila Moodley, Abigail Osbiston, Steve Bowen, Matthew Hull, Emily Sharp liked this post

Dominic vs. Freedom #1: The Dentist

The first in an occasional series of posts in which I can justify anything I do as anthropological research. I'm sitting in a dentist's chair opposite the window. I have a great view,[...]
Simon T Abernethy, Ben Allen, Suzanne Ekblad, Allison Norman, Adamous Lannonopolis, Hiten Halai, Katie Self, Abigail Osbiston liked this post

Eat, Pray, Loathe

Since Grace and I have a relationship vaguely based on a shared hatred for a film that neither of us had actually seen, we thought it might be a good[...]