Carrying on from last year’s tradition, here’s a quick update on what life was like in 2006.
March – Participated in the Blank Noise ‘Blog-a-thon’ which brought back a lot of unsavoury memories. Instead of getting upset, used them to write an essay for an anthology which has now been accepted for publication. Attended a tribute to Menuhin at the Barbican, saw a fantastic performance of Giselle, heard Tasmin Little perform locally. Tried to get tickets to Zakir Hussain’s ‘Remembering Shakti’ at the Barbican but it was completely sold out.
May – A few weeks in India again was followed by a bank holiday weekend in Salzburg.
July – It was Prom time once again – we saw the Queen close up at the Albert Hall, Mr R sung as part of a Prommer’s choir and we heard some fantastic performances. Then there were bombings in Mumbai and a blockade was put on blogs by some enthusiastic babu’s. Mr R had a birthday and I gifted him a flight lesson. I got to go along too! Also succesfully took part in my first ever road race in the UK and completed it!
August – Bought over 40 books in various book sales, fairs and shops. A similarily high number were read and returned to the library. My second full page article in the local newspaper was published and we spent the summer bank holiday weekend in Verona where we saw an out-of-this-world performance of Aida. Airport terror caused national media and police to descend on our town as some local residents were suspected to be terrorists.
November – A month of two big publishing credits: an essay sold to CSM for $150 and I was published in Woman’s Era. I had my second official visit to Westminster. J&A had their first baby, a girl called Anna-Nicola. Saw ‘Madame Butterfly’, went to a concert that Mr R played in, took part in the church quiz (and lost), and attended my first funeral in the UK.
December – Mr R sang in the local theatre as part of the annual Mayor Christmas Carol Concert; H&F had their first child, a boy; went out for a Xmas dinner with my running group.