Looking backwards and forwards

I’ve given up apologising for my lack of blog posts. Even my sort-of comeback post is apparently 5 months old now, oops. Well, I knew this would happen sooner or later – admittedly I should have expected how much of a drop-off it was going to be, but here we are.

janusHappy New Year! No promises about the blog this year, but I’ll write something if I think about it.

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2,633 & 1,627 days later

Finally I’m going to get around to writing something on this old blog. For those of you just joining us, I recently moved to Japan, and reached some sort of blog-writing event horizon at the climax to Eurovision 2014, and just didn’t have any motivation to write any more. I don’t think I’ll ever quite get back to how it used to be, but I might as well make the effort to keep this going – even if it is just caretaking until the view-counter ticks over 200,000 from sheer weight of people searching for Eurovision nipples.

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Not dead

Oh I don’t know, I suppose it was inevitable. I’m amazed I had such a good run with this blog – I’ve got previous form with this sort of behaviour. Obsession with an activity for a beyond-reasonable amount of time, and then dropping it like a bag of cold sick.

movie_cemeteries_10bFinishing off this year’s Eurovision saga was the milestone this time, and the change in lifestyle since I moved to Japan put paid to the ‘one post a day’ routine. My all-or-nothing approach to things left the blog high and dry, so I’m sorry if anyone out there is worried about me, particularly as my last diary-type entry sounded like I was going to top myself or something.

So here I am with my tail between my legs. No promises about how often I will post, but I will keep it up when I can. I would say I’ve not got enough time during the week but really I’ve signed up to Netflix and been bingeing on Parks & Recreation – having ploughed through 5 seasons of that, I’ve rattled through the first season of Star Trek Voyager too! My obsessive personality has transferred to something else then!

I guess I’m just struggling to find a new routine – but today I’m enjoying the first pure bit of down-time I’ve had in a while, just quietly (and slowly) chugging through some little jobs that have been hanging around for ages.

I’ve been going to the movies fairly often, even for a few repeat performances – X-Men for the second time last week to cheer myself up, and Frozen for the fourth(?) time because… well, just because it’s amazing. It didn’t come out here until March but even so, it’s become such a phenomenon that it’s still showing 3 months later – 6 months after I first saw it.

There’s a slew of big new films coming up soon too. Godzilla for some reason is coming out 2 months later here despite lots of fanfare about his 50th anniversary here. I’m mega excited about the new Ghibli movie though – I’m still a bit miffed I haven’t been able to see “The Wind Rises” but “When Marnie Was There” comes out next month and it has a gorgeous trailer which is oddly absent from the internet right now.

Kind of muddling through socially at the moment – I’ve had some good weekends with new friends recently, but I can’t quite shake off the disappointment of some other friends’ actions (or inactions). Someone from home I never expected to ditch me has done just that, and a new friend in Japan is annoyingly flaky and it’s making me feel like a pretty minor player in his life despite things I’ve done for him. Heh… well enough of that.

Maybe I should go out tonight. No idea. But I’ve got a to-do list to smash.

I’ll do my best to put up some reviews, I’ve got plenty to get through, but sorry for going AWOL.

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Eurovision 2014: The Wiener takes it all – RESULTS!

WOW! Eurovision tries its best to stay as non-political and neutral as possible, but there can be no doubt that tonight’s events furthered the cause of acceptance and celebration of all sorts of people and styles. This feeling was summarised in the winner’s speech, delivered by Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst in what will surely be one of the milestone moments in the contest.

So now the confetti is settling, let’s take a moment to look at how the results panned out!

Remember, for reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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Eurovision 2014: Grand Final preview & running order

Right, this is it! Eurovision week has raced past, and both semi-finals have taken place. You can read my reviews of Semi 1 & Semi 2 if you like! But let’s look forward for tomorrow’s Grand Final.

25 countries have fought (or bought) their way to the grand final, defeating 12 other nations for the chance of Eurovision victory. But only one can be victorious, and bring the contest back to their home country for 2015 (unless it’s currently being annexed).  Who will it be?

For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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