Every year I think back about my favourite trip of the year. This year is a little more difficult, as I had so many other life changes happening – in between changing careers from full time working in retail travel sales, to helping start up a news and lifestyle magazine, to moving house and getting pregnant, and spending almost two months away from home travelling around to new exciting places, it’s been a big one!
January isn’t exactly prime time when it comes to new shows on television. The non-ratings period fillers all turned up a month ago: if you’re after something new, you’re either out looking for downloads of UK Christmas specials (pro tip: this year’s Black Mirror special is well worth a look) or trying to tell yourself that sport is something you watch rather than something you do.
I spent a couple of weeks in New Zealand last year, and thought I should check out the scene over there. The history of blues in New Zealand dates from the 1960s. The earliest blues influences on New Zealand musicians were indirect — not from the United States but from white British blues musicians, first the R&B styles of The Animals and The Rolling Stones, and later the blues-tinged rock of groups such as Led Zeppelin.
So, it’s 2015 already … WTF? Where have I been?! Y’all ready to do this? Okay, so while we’re gearing up for the festival onslaught (hello Soundwave and, for some of us, Future Music Festival), overseas punters are buying tickets to THEIR upcoming festivals in record numbers. So this issue, I’m gonna give you all the skinny on the awesome things coming up that you may not be aware of.
Whilst I am aware there isn’t a vaccination or cure for Ebola, in light of the outbreak bringing to light a very real health scare that is affecting people worldwide, I thought I would do a write up of vaccinations people should expect to get before embarking to popular destinations. Whether you’re traveling for the first time, or to an obscure destination, it’s always best to check with your doctor or travel agent as to whether you should get some vaccinations to stop any pesky virus from ruining your trip!
So Halloween is normally a time for scares, candy and running around dressed in costumes, but for comic fans it’s something even better – the time for Free Comic Book Day number two! I hope you all had an excellent Halloween and picked up some great comics – I’ll talk about what I picked up next issue. Now, onto the main event!
As we near the very last legs of twenty-fourteen, most music fans (including myself) are pondering what albums, songs and moments truly shaped the year that (is very nearly almost) was. But in true Quarter 4 fashion, there are still a handful of albums to come that could change all of our final lists. In what is almost always the best time of the year when it comes to music releases, lets take a peek at what’s still to come.
It’s a bit early for the networks to start axing shows for 2015, but we already know of one that won’t be coming back: long-running ABC2 daily satire show The Roast has been given the chop, wrapping up at the end of last week. It’s been a good run for The Roast, which first started as a two-minute fake news snippet in 2011, being expanded to a full ten minutes at the start of this year.
Packing up my suitcase in my hotel room in San Francisco was a little bit of a sad affair. Mostly because it meant that the end of the best four weeks of my life was getting closer. What a week it had been in Frisco, eating at what had been voted as the best barbeque place in California to heading out to Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, it was a lifetime of memories and not the last time that I would be visiting.