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2012 In A Nutshell

Gotye confused but excelled with his cubist video.

Call Me Maybe knew that this was crazy, but buy me maybe.

Harry Hill bid us goodbye.

Viewers cringed at the Jubilee Thames pageant on TV.

Grace Jones showed the Queen how to be a hula-hooping Slave to the Rhythm.

Britain cried with Andy Murray.

People groaned at Danny Boyle.

People then praised Danny Boyle.

Britain cheered and cried with Andy Murray.

The Paralympic ceremonies confused others but surprised me.

The world went Oppa Gangnam Style!

It was decided that Anything Could Happen.

We let the Skyfall when we crumble.

Doctor Who brought people to their knees and behind the sofa.

The world didn’t end after all.


Steven Hawking revealed his hatred of the Go Compare man…


Crazy Christmas

PROGRESS UPDATE: Friday 28th December 2012.

EMOTION: Nervous but happy.

WHY: Happy with how much revision I’ve done, but nervous that I’ll look back on this week and consider it insufficient.

CURRENT REVISION COMPLETED: Jekyll & Hyde Activity sheets; Bitesize Chemistry revision; Biology Progress sheet; German Writing transcript; 3 Of Mice & Men mind-maps; and reviewing Of Mice & Men notes.

MOMENTS OF JOY: Watching Outnumbered and seeing the parents squirm in the face of the norovirus; grinning from earlobe to earlobe at Jenna Louise-Coleman’s (the Doctor’s new companion in the Christmas special) wittiness and humour; finally recognsing the tune and lyrics to “Call Me Maybe”; seeing Miranda back in form; laughing at Artemis Fowl; and so much karaoke!

GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR: Boxing Day. Playing charades. My role: Dancer. My clues: Gangnam Style & Macarena! Oppa Gangnam Style! Heeey Macarena!

BIGGEST MOMENT(S) OF ANNOYANCE SO FAR: Karen seldom appearing in the Outnumbered Xmas Special.

BIGGEST SHOCK SO FAR: Seeing (and hearing) Ben from Outnumbered all grown-up!

FINISHING SENTENCE: Craziest cracker of a Christmas.

The Christmas No. 1

Yesterday, it was officially declared that the Hillsborough tribute song “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” deservedly reached Xmas No. 1, and I couldn’t be any more thrilled.

I am huge supporter of the thousands of people who got sick of the X Factor singles relentlessly stealing every pop singer’s dream ambition of reaching that pinnacle spot, bringing to the Xmas No. 1 spot a heavy metal song and Gareth Malone’s Military Wives. However, I am slightly ashamed to say that I started out supporting the X Factor singles — I bought Shane Ward’s “That’s My Goal” single and never stopped playing it. But I never thought the X Factor would get to the No. 1 spot for years afterwards.

So many people contended for the No.1 spot this year. According to the Telegraph, the tenth most likely song was the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”, which was a nice surprise. There was also Clive Dunn (best known for being in Dad’s Army) and his hit song “Grandad”, Girls Aloud and (unfortunately) One Direction who contended for the No.1 spot. But the charity song, yet again, reached No.1. And I am so happy.

If the X Factor was a species, then I think it is close to becoming extinct. Strictly has thrashed them in terms of viewer numbers, and it has just got so bad recently; as the judges commented themselves, all the wrong people were being sent off. The X Factor is losing popularity. I think the show is dying out.

But, on the plus side, going back to the topic of Xmas No.1, Gangnam Style reached No.6! And it has reached 1 billion views on Youtube! And the British Army in Afghanistan have created their own version! And here it is:

Merry Xmas Everyone! 😀

Favourite Xmas Songs of the Month!

Here is my top five Xmas songs!

5.     In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield

4.     Last Christmas – Wham!

3.     Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie

2.     Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

1.     Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid

Favourite Xmas Songs of the Month!

Today, it’s No. 10 – No. 6!

10.     I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

9.       Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko & Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir

8.      Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) – Adam Faith (It always reminds me of seeing pantomimes as a child.)

7.       Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

6.       Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

Favourite Xmas Songs of the Month!

Today, I am starting a countdown of my 15 favourite Xmas songs (meaning you will see my top five by Christmas Eve)! First up, No. 15-11:

15:     Walking In The Air – Aled Jones

14:     Mull of Kintyre – Wings

13:     Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin

12:     Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl

11:     Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Mel & Kim

FYI, the five songs that narrowly missed out were:

  1. Santa Baby – Miss Piggy (Yes, you read that right!)
  2. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  3. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  4. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  5. Saviour’s Day – Cliff Richard
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