2011 has been a magical year.
It’s gotten to the point where I’ve gained a fair few followers now, and I’m sure these kinda posts probably aren’t the reason the majority of you clicked the inconspicuous ‘Follow’ button in the top right-hand corner, but a roundup of the year has become something of a tradition of mine and it’s that time of year for me to post one. But seriously everyone, thank you people of Tumblr for all the support. All the likes, replies, reblogs, asks and recommendations - it really means a lot, and dare I say it, makes me feel a bit better about myself. And in the process I like to think I’ve gained a few more friends - have some love <3.
So thanks to all of you - even the bot-spammers who want me to see their ‘naked body pics’. Had you actually a body, I’m sure it would be beautiful.
I’ve been wondering how to sum up the year in a way that would express the journey, and I feel that 2011 in particular is a year I’d find hard to express in words. This year I think I’ll do something different. I’ll make it less of an essay, and implement more of a ‘year in pictures’ kinda thing. A snippet of some of the more personal (and tumblr friendly) pictures taken by me or taken of me, which help describe why 2011 was such an amazing year. I could’ve posted many more, but in the interest of your sanity, here’s just a few of my favourite snaps from 2011.
In chronological order, here goes
[warning: extreme gpoy ahead]
Birmingham shortly after New year
Jubilee campus lake, a favourite haunt of mine, generally a nice place to go and think.
Exploring the extensive grounds of Newstead abbey
My Notts people! Some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Much love for these guys. A shame therealisticpsychic isn’t in here too.
May - the month of exams. The science underlying energy in biological systems is one of the most profound things I have learned in my time at university.
Following the Birmingham canals into abandoned industrial estate with Lee. A vestige of Birmingham’s former glory as a major centre of industry.
With Lee in Sutton Park, a nature reserve just North of Birmingham
Zombie walk, Birmingham - with Bozzy.
I seriously don’t know how we ended up here. Lee and I were just walking and chatting and we somehow ended up in the middle of some farmland.
This guy in B’ham city centre was awesome. I actually put some money in the donation box for this. He deserved it.
Making my Rorschach mask for Halloween
One of THE greatest nights EVAR. Will, aimingforthetemporallobe and I went to see Tom Morello (of Rage against the Machine fame) and Rise Against at Rock City, Nottingham.
Tom Morello and Tim McIlrath on the same stage. They went on to sing ‘World Wide Rebel Song’ together, at the Rise Against gig. I may have just died from euphoria.
Me and aimingforthetemporallobe at Underground Rebel Bingo! I met this wiley young medic on Tumblr, and like to think he is the newest addition to the Nottingham family.
amisanthropichumanist harking back to his Devonian roots. Yes, you CAN use the CD-tray as a drinks holder if you really want to…
A neuro-social with some of the other neuroscientists.
Against Me! at the Rescue Rooms! They were awesome. Can’t believe I only discovered their music within the last couple of months.
And after Against Me! aimingforthetemporallobe and I (along with a couple of other friends) went to Hey Hey Hey! - an Alternative/Rock/Metal night at Rock City.
I was learning about the wonders of shoe shopping. We actually weren’t posing for this.
…this was just a bizarre night in general.
And if you’ve gotten this far, thanks for bearing with this uber-personal post. I hope each and every one of you has a smashing new year - and stay beautiful!
"I’ve got some friends, some that I hardly know
But we’ve had some times I wouldn’t trade for the world
We chase these days down with talks of the places that we will go.”
- ‘Swing Life Away’