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I'm in the frantic catch-up stage of this year's cultural experiences. I haven't really had time to pick and chose or anything, so I've just gone with what was to hand.

Scott G Mariani's Uprising, volume 1 of the Vampire Federation series, a young adult vamp fantasy set in Oxfordshire/Transylvania/Canary Wharf. Features some truly impressive scenes set in Wallingford, and a notable moment when the leather-clad, motor-bike riding hero smashed his way through the secret door to the Vampire lair in a big yellow JCB. In case you were wondering if it was aimed at boys or girls. Volume 2 now available for pre-order on Amazon!

VH1 Top 40 of the year. Who knew Katy Perry's oeuvre was so broad and masterful? Usefully reminded me that I still hadn't caught Beyonce and Gaga's Telephone, and also lead to a greater understanding of the mute button. Go me.

Watched Let the Right one In. Nicely shot, but I'm still a little surprised by the critical acclaim given that it's just Twilight for that difficult late primary age-group, when you're toying with psychotically murdering the people who annoy you and suffering the first round of strange, mixed-up feelings for girls.

Listened to (parts of) Annie Lennox's Cornucopia of Christmas (a gift), in which Annie goes carol singing in some terrible village inhabited only by her, a traditional folk band, and a choir of small, terrified, children. I wonder if Cher has done one of these? Maybe I'll find out next year.

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damiancugley
31st Dec, 2010 10:15 (UTC)
Annie Lennox OBE!
She has been honoured this year
cleanskies
31st Dec, 2010 10:21 (UTC)
Re: Annie Lennox OBE!
certainly she gave the impression of being too important to take guidance any more
jinty
31st Dec, 2010 10:42 (UTC)
That Vampire JCB book sounds endearingly mad - would like to borrow sometime.
cleanskies
31st Dec, 2010 10:48 (UTC)
Yours. The heroine reminds me of brixtonbrood. If she were a vampire secret agent...

Edited at 2010-12-31 10:52 (UTC)
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