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Sunday, December 31, 2006

See Saw

2006 is history. At the end of every year I've been taking stock of what went on in the previous 12 months. I started this in 2004 with a slight variation last year. This year the title of this entry takes on a particularly pungent dimension since I borrow it from a place closely associated with a man who died decades after he was long gone.

A number of interesting experiences took place last summer, but I could still say that 2006 wasn't a particularly memorable year for me. That is not to say that I stayed home and twiddled my thumbs for four seasons. It was the first full year of my new life in Scarborough. It was also the first full year of podcasting from me, which is something that I had hoped would be anyway. What was most unusual about this past year for me is that I visited Malta four times [1 - 2 + 3 - 4] in the space of six months. I had a very different experience during these visits than what I had last year, and I think it's fair to say that I owe some (if not most) of that to Xtruppaw.

All in all, when I look back at my blog entries for 2006 it seems that it was a relatively positive year. There were still plenty of downers, of course, but I come away with a feeling that there were more positives than negatives since last January. Perhaps this is because I've too often just been "too busy to blog" - a new phrase for famous last words if there ever was one. I'm sure it's also because I chose to ignore some of what I would normally have considered low points of the year. Brand Malta is a good example of this; I believe there's no mention of it other than this on my blog.

In 2006 my blog strangely mutated into a collection of show notes for my weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast. Although most of the postings relate directly to Mużika Mod Ieħor there are a good number of unrelated entries. Aside from this, there are also several comments about things other than the podcasts on the weekly posting meant to accompany the podcasts.

So now, for the third consecutive year here's a partial, most subjective, list of blog entries from the year gone by, in random order. This list is only meant to mark the highs and lows in my year, as chronicled on my blog throughout 2006:


  • Toni Sant meets Xtruppaw before Is-CD tal-iXtruppaw is released

  • Charles Xuereb invites Toni Sant to his Salon Crit [podcast]

  • "Lordi will win Eurovision 2006" - It feels good to be right!

  • Twanny Cassar declares poddata one of his favourite new words in the Maltese language

  • MaltaGirl's Johnny Cash Blues

  • Lighting up the Maltese blogosphere

  • Toni Sant is now on MySpace

  • SUPA 2006

  • Children of the Mushroom love my podcast

  • Maltese music makes me cry

  • My friend Charles Arrigo is dead [podcast]

  • French students revolt against change!

  • The Da Vinci Code debacle

  • War in Lebanon

  • 60-seconds you'll never get back

  • I couldn't attend the first ever SPMC (1978-1983) reunion

  • 5 years since 9/11

  • Sky madness on earth as it is in the heavens

  • Net Neutrality threatened

  • Malta Song for Europe 2006 - "gone to the dogs"

  • Day Against DRM

  • Goodbye to Charles Arrigo - Frans il-Budaj Baldacchino - Pawlu Carachi - Lewis Portelli

  • Fallen idols: Allan Kaprow and Syd Barrett

  • Entertainment for the Curious Mind [video]

  • The not-so-lazy days of summer and my London daze

  • Who cares about Limbo?

  • Rediscovering the Maltese music scene - Where did all those Maltese music releases come from?

  • Did I mention Diska Cool Għar-Radio?

  • Seeing Lordi in person in Greece

  • David Friggieri poses the quintessential question: "Are we being read?"

    Many thanks for reading my blog and listening to my podcasts in 2006 and a special thanks if you contributed to all that in any way...I wish you a very happy new year!

  • Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's funny but in the last link, which I happened to click on because of the question "are we being read?" which I still find interesting, there is this by Sharon: "Tabellina will be back :) and sooner than you may think." Posted last January, I guess the idea has been scrapped by now.

    Anyway, Happy New Year to all, and may some of the projects we dream about all the time become true and real. 

    7:33 PM, December 31, 2006
    Blogger Lady VAM said...

    Happy New Year.

    I liked this summary of events on your blog :) 

    9:45 PM, January 01, 2007

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