Best of 2008

Lots of faves lists this year. I’ve immersed myself in entertainment so much I think I need a year in solitary confinement to collect my thoughts:

TV

1. The Wire (Goes without saying really)
2. Mad Men
3. Battlestar Galactica
4. Breaking Bad
5. The Street (UK)
6. Peep Show (UK)
7. Lost
8. Gavin and Stacey (UK)
9. House
10. The Office
11. Sunshine (UK)
12. True Blood
13. Doctor Who (UK)
14. The IT Crowd (UK)
15. John Adams
16. Damages
17. The Big Bang Theory
18. The American Future: A History (UK)
19. Flight of the Conchords
20. Stephen Fry In America (UK)

Music

1. Portishead – Third
2. James – Hey Ma
3. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
4. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
5. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
6. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Lie Down in the Light
7. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair
8. R.E.M. – Accelerate
9. Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs – The Bootleg Series Vol. 8
10. The Wedding Present – El Rey

Podcasts

1. BBC: Start the Week
2. BBC: Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews
3. Slate’s Cultural Gabfest
4. The New York Review of Books Podcast
5. NPR: Fresh Air
6. Slate’s Political Gabfest
7. Real Time with Bill Maher
8. This American Life
9. BBC: Front Row Highlights
10. TVO: Big Ideas

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The Holiday Train Show

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Last year you may remember I posted photos of this event at the New York Botanic garden in The Bronx. Billy enjoyed it so much, we thought we’d better take him again this year.

All the trains and buildings are made out of plants. It is incredibly beautiful. Probably not worth the hassle/expense/crowds if you are kidless, but its not such a bad place to find yourself if you are stuck for somewhere to take your little one.

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