So another year and another night to avoid as the once a year bastards and false fuckers are out in force. As you can tell just like chrimbo I hate organised fun and will be spending new years in with Holly (20 months) already tucked up in bed (after a mad half hour !! ) and missing out on some tunes I am playing with classics from The B52’s and Soft Cell already being spun on the wheels of steel or should I say Spotify. On the plus side with it just being me there will be more cocktail sozzy rolls to go around. The missus and eldest two are representing at the in-laws for a party. So lets see what 2013 brought and then have a general waffle into the new year.
So January seen some snow, me and the rest of Liverpool post pictures of aforementioned snow and the city grinds to a virtual halt. My Wii Fit told me news I did not want to hear prompting me to think about doing a half marathon. February seen me confirm my entry into the Liverpool half marathon. The pope decided to spew it and who can forget the now annual February trip away with this year seeing Krakow and not that long away now until 2014’s trip to Warsaw which will make Poland the second most visited country I have been to (Spain 1st) and people moan about them coming over here !! March seen the rise of Pope Frannie the Argie and I actually made it around the 13 miles of the Liverpool Half Marathon in 02:15:52. Not bad for a 17 stone boozer. The month was rounded off with a first visit of the year to the cracking city that is Edinburgh. Any city with loads of boozers is fine with me. April seen the first birthday of my youngest Holly, christ where does that time go ? Quickly followed by more fireworks for the death of Thatcher. If did wonder looking back at the celebration we had would I see it in bad taste. Nah I don’t. April 15th is the annual “twat of a day” (See blog) and the end of the month was spent consoling my eldest at the new of the break up of JLS !! May was the start of the musical year with gigs by Pink Martini and The Specials and the month was also rounded off with me in an Everton top as they finished above Liverpool for the second year running.
Into the second half of the year and June is all about Glasto baby as will June 2014. Glasto highlight has to be Chic on Friday night. But the month also seen a visit to the excellent Africa Oye festival and my second running of the Liverpool tunnel 10k. Into the sizzling month of July (nah it wasn’t) and this blog turned 4 years old and people still read this shite !! July also seen my tin (10th) wedding anniversary and a
dirty romantic night away in a sun drenched Blackpool (No it really was belter weather) here’s to another 10 and many more years if she can put up with me x x The Royal lizard was born and I survived a week away with the entire cast of The Clampitt’s AKA The in laws on Holiday in Menorca. August seen a trip to the Ashes cricket at Old Trafford oh how things changed so quickly by the end of the year and the end of the month was dominated by my other two kids birthdays and the excellent first Liverpool International Music Festival highlight’s of which was seeing Soul II Soul perform live for my first time and discovering Liverpool’s finest The Tea Street Band. The whole of September was dominated by one thing and my 40th birthday which ended up being a month of festivities starting in Benidorm and ending in Edinburgh. Many thanks to all who came on those trips and hope you had as much fun as I did. A slight pause mid month to mark the first anniversary of the death of my dad. still miss the grumpy old sod as much as ever x x x October was the month I became a weatherman at last but not Fred Talbot. I went into Sudley Junior school to give a talk on the weather to my daughters class and was amazed at how much they enjoyed it and wanted to learn the thank you cards from the kids and head of school are up in my boys room. Later on that month I became Radio City’s weather expert for the day with an interview re the gales that hit. This nearly caused a couple of my mates to crash their cars as on the 3 o’clock news the weather expert from twitters @Liverpoolweath Neil Fay was on air !!! I also decided that I would run next years Liverpool marathon. Training is on course and I am up to 6.3 miles with the race on the 25th of May. More music and the screaming eagle of soul Mr Charles Bradley. In November the gigs carried on with The Villagers and The Tea Street band which brought us to this month and The Tea Street band for a third time this year followed by a long awaited performance from Ali Ingle and the wait was worth it.
So from the bleach blonde retro look in September I have turned into Richard from the board game Guess Who and now resemble a fisherman. I feel that to cut my beard now would like Samson and my marathon training would suffer a major loss of power. God knows how long my beard will be my May if I persist with the beard idea ! Not only does it make me look a but older I realised when watching top of the pops on TV this evening that I am. What kind of music is that ! Best of a bad bunch would have to the be The 1975 (Who ?? ) So 2013 see’s another year pass. A bonus that nobody died this year and we had a few births thrown into the mix as well. Bring on 2014 and the challenge of that marathon which will be easier than the planned abstinence from booze which is planned for phase three of training. Phase 2 starts this week. All I ask for of 2014 is that I am still here reviewing the year with full health in a years time. A simple but very important thing. Imagine how long my beard will be by then !! (ZZ Top ??? ) So here I am in full glory setting the trend for 2014. Oh how I will mock you all when fisherman hats, Soul II Soul t-shirts and beards are the craze of 2014.
Peace, love and hope you have a great 2014
Fay x x x x x one of the bunch of intellectual’s in the guise of scousers.