Ok, so this is the time of year we may become reflective. Look upon the past year, make resolutions for the next year. Never have I been inclined to do such things. Now, at the end 2013, I find myself having that sense of reflection. Why? Well, I have had an eventful year, but I have had eventful years in the past. Whatever factors have made me reflective, 2013 has been a year worthy of note, of reflection. Yes, there have been some stressful, bad times, but overall quite memorable and delightful.
As I have mentioned, for an Anglophile, living in the UK (London in particular) can be like hitting the jackpot, and in my case it certainly was. The first few months in a small flat with a not-so-chatty or likable flatmate, forced me out every weekend to walk about and discover my new home.
|The Southbank of the Thames on my walk to work|
|Regent's Park on a sunny day|
|Hampstead Heath in the Fall|
London has also allowed my fancy as a theatre-goer to flourish and grow. I had seen great London performances of Frankenstein and The Curious Incident in the Night Time via the National Theatre Live (NT Live) in the US and was able to review both plays, however, it is a different experience all together seeing the actual piece. From my first attendance of Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre on The Strand, I was hooked. Seeing the likes of actors like Ken Stott and Laura Carmichal to Mark Gatiss and Tom Hiddleston on stage rather than on film or TV cannot be matched. One realizes the talent and work that goes into the craft in a stage performance, and it is a priviledge to be in a city where not only new and growing actors, but established, well-known ones grace the stage. It was indeed my intention to write reviews of each excellent play I have seen over the past year, but alas, life has gotten in the way. There aren't enough hours in the day. Therefore, reviews for the likes of plays such as The Tempest, MacBeth, As You Like It, Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense, Coriolanus, and Richard II, have been delayed.
|Union Music Store in Lewes|
Last, but certainly not least, is the wonderful new people I have met in 2013 stemming from joining the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. This society has a range of Holmes fans spanning from those who have been Holmesians for years to recent Sherlockians, and hitting many generations and age ranges: the power of the great detective to span several generations and hundreds of years. How many figures, fictional or not, can do that?! Society gatherings have allowed me to meet some
|Travels along the Thames with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London|
2013 has definitely been a memorable year. Here's to 2014 being just as, and with any luck more, eventful and memorable as the previous one!
Next year, will be the third (and last) Hobbit advertisements to appear on the side of the London buses. I wonder what kind of delightful things I will have done and discovered by then. Bring it on!