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Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 10:13:17 AM   
DancingClown


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Good morning. This was always my favourite carol, and my favourite line from that carol, although I'm not religious.

Anyway, I've had a shit year, as have many of you as well. But let's talk about the good shit, the stuff that illuminated those dark streets, no matter how briefly. Yeah, I'm trying to be less cynical in my old age. Maybe you haven't had a shit year at all, maybe it was all good anyway. No matter.

For me there was the birth of my youngest son, William, now nine months old.

Oh, and receiving a tax refund for 800. That was sweet.



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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 10:42:25 AM   
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I've had a good year despite work. Work has kept me down for most of the year but I'm hoping that begins to look up in the new year. I shouldn't let it get to me so much as it's only a part time job.

Things that made me smile in 2012. I got engaged. Haven't even spoken about planning and people are starting to ask! That has to be something for 2013. The relationship I have with my family especially my mum has become a lot stronger in the past year due to things that have happened. It's crazy that I have to move the length of the country for us to have a good relationship, I genuinely think it's because we aren't around each other all the time that we get on better and we actually confide in each other now which I have never felt like I could do with her before. Its a great relationship - I'm just sorry it took this long to get there.

Travelling to Manchester from London to meet up with my best friend who travelled from Glasgow to Manchester for a gig. I have lived in Essex for two years and we're still as close now as we were when I moved and our friendship is honestly one of the things that keeps me going. If I don't talk to her for a little while, I start to become down and my other half has commented that my mood lifts instantly when we have a chat. Everyone should have a best friend like the one I have, I could not be more lucky to have her love and support.

Anyway, not much has really happened but I feel much happier in myself, despite the occasional stumble.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 2:03:49 PM   
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I saw Bruce Springsteen live. He was awesome.

I saw Pulp, my favourite band, play probably their last ever UK gig. It was incredible.

I had a bit of a reunion night out with all my old flatmates from uni. It doesn't sound like much, but considering some of us hadn't seen each other for about six years and we all made the effort to come and had a brilliant, brilliant night, it still makes me smile thinking about it.


Oh, and I got an invite to steffols' wedding.




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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 5:44:11 PM   
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I won 350 betting on roulette for the first time while on a stag do in Spain. That was literally as good as it got for me this year.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 8:14:57 PM   
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I can't really think of anything 'good' that has happened to me but even if my days are just boring and mediocre and not 'bad', I ok with it. Also, my family are alive and that's good enough for me.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 9:57:38 PM   
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I got offered a place on a IT maintenance course which led to work experience, that led to a 9 month internship and I've been told there might be a full time position available for me once the internship is finished. So yeah that was pretty good after 3 years unemployment.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 10:13:40 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: matty_b

I saw Bruce Springsteen live. He was awesome.

I saw Pulp, my favourite band, play probably their last ever UK gig. It was incredible.

I had a bit of a reunion night out with all my old flatmates from uni. It doesn't sound like much, but considering some of us hadn't seen each other for about six years and we all made the effort to come and had a brilliant, brilliant night, it still makes me smile thinking about it.


Oh, and I got an invite to steffols' wedding.




What?



I actually intend to have an 'Empire' table for those on the forum who I am friends with! So keep an eye on your post Matty .

'Mum, these are my friends Matty B, Rhubard, HomerSimpsonEsq, Paul_ie86 and Olaf, I've never met them before either. Fun huh?! ' Sooo excited for that moment.


< Message edited by steffols -- 12/12/2012 10:14:08 PM >


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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 10:42:07 PM   
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Steff', you have no idea how much I just laughed out loud (in a good way) at the thought of that table at your wedding. Brilliant.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 10:52:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: steffols

quote:

ORIGINAL: matty_b

I saw Bruce Springsteen live. He was awesome.

I saw Pulp, my favourite band, play probably their last ever UK gig. It was incredible.

I had a bit of a reunion night out with all my old flatmates from uni. It doesn't sound like much, but considering some of us hadn't seen each other for about six years and we all made the effort to come and had a brilliant, brilliant night, it still makes me smile thinking about it.


Oh, and I got an invite to steffols' wedding.




What?



I actually intend to have an 'Empire' table for those on the forum who I am friends with! So keep an eye on your post Matty .

'Mum, these are my friends Matty B, Rhubard, HomerSimpsonEsq, Paul_ie86 and Olaf, I've never met them before either. Fun huh?! ' Sooo excited for that moment.



I'm not invited? Christ your a bitch

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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 11:04:09 PM   
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That attitude is pretty much why you're never invited to anything. That and peeing on the sofa.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 11:06:49 PM   
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I think the only reasonable solution is to have the wedding in a neutral location that's easy for everyone to get to. like Uzbekistan.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 11:10:49 PM   
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That attitude is pretty much why you're never invited to anything. That and peeing on the sofa.


You're not invited either you realise


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 11:12:52 PM   
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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 11:52:28 PM   
Deviation


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army


quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation

That attitude is pretty much why you're never invited to anything. That and peeing on the sofa.


You're not invited either you realise



Good.

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 12/12/2012 11:57:31 PM   
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I imagine you look like the cat in your av when you say that.....

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 12:00:56 AM   
Deviation


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Me and that cat have a lot in common. One of them being grumpyness.

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 12:04:53 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Deviation


quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army


quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation

That attitude is pretty much why you're never invited to anything. That and peeing on the sofa.


You're not invited either you realise



Good.


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 12:07:33 AM   
Shifty Bench

 

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quote:

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Me and that cat have a lot in common. One of them being grumpyness.



That's what I was going for, yes

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 12:12:26 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation


quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army


quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation

That attitude is pretty much why you're never invited to anything. That and peeing on the sofa.


You're not invited either you realise



Good.


Christ your a bitch



Good.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 12:20:06 AM   
Shifty Bench

 

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I imagine you look like the cat in your av when you say that.....

Wait a minute....


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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 1:57:39 AM   
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if my days are just boring and mediocre and not 'bad', I ok with it.






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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 2:33:32 AM   
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Yup, sorry. It has been one of those years. That is me being cheery and optimistic

< Message edited by Shifty Bench -- 13/12/2012 2:35:44 AM >


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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 2:53:26 AM   
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Actually, I have thought about it and I have come up with things that made me happy this year-

I won a Dennis The Menace and Gnasher statue
I finally got my new kitchen and bathroom fitted after waiting 8 years.
I got to have a movie day with my sister, a tradition that got lost when she moved out of our mum's house.
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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 12:10:00 PM   
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Last year I was in a job I loved but with a manager who made my life a complete misery. I was anxious, ill, down, stressed, not eating and had lost a lot of weight.

This year I'm in a job with amazing people and bonuses. I spent a week back in January in Glencoe as part of a winter skill's course through work, where I got to hang out and climb with some of the UK's best climbers (Dave Macleod, Andy Turner, Stuart Macaleese) as well as receive instruction from a fantastic mountain leadership group. Reaching the top of Buchaille Etive Mor in the snow was brilliant fun.

I bought my own climbing kit this year and now go climbing as often as possible with pals from work.

I drove a tank.

I went to Alton Towers and had a couple of days exploring the Peak District.

I went on a road/camping trip round Europe and got to visit the likes of the Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps, and the 101st Airborne Museum in Bastogne,

The year ended on a slight bum note when I had to go into hospital last week after months of feeling ill, to remove a 14lb cyst and my left ovary. But hey, I've still got one left, so that's ok.

Plus, my operation was scheduled for 20th December originally - and I would have spent my Christmas day in the hospital. Thankfully I got an early cancellation, so being home for Christmas this year is the biggest gift of all.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 1:01:34 PM   
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Not much...

Finally finished paying off my credit card debt. It's a lot easier without that over my head.

My cousin's wedding. Nice to see some family members I hadn't seen in years. Plus drunken dancing at the reception, always good for a laugh.

Jaws, my favourite film, at the cinema. It really works with a big audience, especially those who haven't seen it before and don't know about the big scares...

Radiohead at the O2, hadn't seen them since the OK Computer tour. Fantastic stuff.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 2:16:28 PM   
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I was reading this yesterday after becoming aware of a few major problems that were threatening to seriously scupper xmas for me and the mrs, and the cynic was very firmly at the surface.  Then when I got home last night I was informed that the son of a friend of my wife had been in a motorbike accident and it was touch and go whether he'd see xmas and it kinda threw everything into perspective.

So, on that basis -

Starting my new job in January and loving every minute so far;
My wife not only getting out of a job that was really getting her down, but being promoted in the new job after only a few months;
Moving house - as much as getting notice on the old place was a serious hassle, we've really landed on our feet;
The new band is starting to come together nicely;
Having great friends, and seeing a few of you during the year;
Booking our return to Mexico next year and arranging a dive with whale sharks ;
Getting to spend time with my half-sister again;
Family health issues getting sorted;
Giving my nice new Warwick Streamer 5-string bass it's first road test last night and it sounding amazing;
(In anticipation!) Seeing The Hobbit tonight in HFR 3D

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Jaws, my favourite film, at the cinema. It really works with a big audience, especially those who haven't seen it before and don't know about the big scares...
 

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 4:02:47 PM   
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Starting a new job in March. Joining a choir and having the opportunity to sing, something I've not had in a long time.

Visiting Italy in April. I don't go abroad much. (Last time: 2000. Yep. My entire twenties were spent in this country... Go me.) So yeah, that was pretty amazing. I was expecting to fall in love with Florence, but I was blown away by Venice. I would go again tomorrow if I could. And I was saying that the day I got back. I didn't want to leave Venice. Just an amazing city.

Moving yesterday. That was ... fun. But seriously, I am hoping that will mark a good moment for change. Other than those two moment above, 2012 has been very much treading water, and it has felt like I have not gotten anywhere. I have high hopes for 2013, and I am looking forward to being settled in my new place by the New Year and for good things to come next year.

So 2012 has brought me a new job, an amazing experience abroad, and a zest for change for the future. Not bad, really.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 4:10:37 PM   
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Hmm...
-Getting a 2:1 in my degree
-Successfully getting my deposit back on my shared student house, making the time spent running around cleaning it worthwhile
-Successfully staying in contact with friends
-Getting my game reviews onto a website

That's pretty much it, the last few months have been spent jobhunting miles away from my friends, which is miserable at the best of times.

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 4:36:41 PM   
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Ran a half marathon in 1 hour and 46 mins raising 800 for the MS Society. Not bad for an old git...

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RE: Yet In The Dark Streets Shineth.... - 13/12/2012 7:28:41 PM   
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Steff', you have no idea how much I just laughed out loud (in a good way) at the thought of that table at your wedding. Brilliant.


Glad to have put a smile on your face Matty!

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