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10 Things I Loved In 2013

Releasing my first ever solo EP Let’s Build An Airport was the major milestone for me but here’s 10 other highlights of the year.

The Rise of LFC

The massive turnaround in all areas of Liverpool Football Club, but especially the performance of SAS, the blossoming of Suarez into one of the best players in the world and of course the fall of Man Utd.

Discovering Cormac McCarthy

6 books 2 plays and 3 films so far. His lean style, profound dialogue, dark subject matter and old testament overtones create books that sink deep into your psyche.

Nottingham Music Thrives

Though posterboy Jake Bugg and new signings Indiana and Saint Raymond grab the headlines, they really are the tip of the iceberg. Nottingham continues to thrive and newer bands like Sea Monster Eyes, Privateers, Field Studies and Injured Birds excite me the most.


Mysterious Mostar is the partron saint of the Skyless LFC fan and the underground prophet of the match highlights videos. Thank you – whoever you are!

Bill Bailey does Billy Bragg for Billy Bragg

Brain Pickings

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Whole Lotta Helter Skelter

I interviewed Soundhog here. His mashup and video are both things of beauty.

Bad Lip Reading

Along with Honest Trailers and How It Should Have Ended, BLR supplied the lols.

Carragher & Neville Double Act

Sky turned MUFC’s most hated player into a universally respected pundit a few seasons ago. This year they did it again with LFC’s Jamie Carragher and created an entertaining and knowledgable double act.

Arctic Monkeys Regain Their Mojo

After two classic albums and two dour and miserable affairs it seems like the clouds are lifting and the Monkeys have a spring in their step once more.

Click on the links for my top 10 music, books and films of 2013

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Filmsack is one of my favourite podcasts. Every week the guys watch a (usually) bad (usually) 80’s film and discuss the highlights (or lowlights). There are lots of laughs but the best unintentional ones come from the way Scott Johnson captures clips and then forgets what he’s recorded. Here’s a short compilation…

Scott Johnson Amnesia Showreel

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Paula Carragher’s Brave Decision

In 1977 Paula Carragher was given some heartbreaking news. After having already suffered two miscarriages she was told that the unborn child she was now carrying had Spina Bifida, a serious birth defect of the spinal cord.

The doctors asked her to consider the option of having an abortion.

Strengthened by her Catholic faith, she refused, determined to care for the baby no matter how disabled it would be.

“Our Lord told me to have the baby”, is what she maintains to this day.

On 28 Jan 1978 her son, James Carragher, was born.

Later this afternoon (4 Sept 10) James (or Jamie as he is better known) will play his testimonial match at Anfield Football Stadium.


It’s a very special celebration of Jamie’s career playing for Liverpool Football Club. So far that career includes over 600 matches, 2 FA cups, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 2 European Super Cups, 2 Charity Shields and 1 FA Youth Cup as well as over 30 appearances for his country.

It’s an amazing achievement, made possible because one brave lady faced her difficult decision and made the right choice.

Thank you Paula.

(source, Carra: My Autobiography by Jamie Carragher & Chris Bascombe)


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