December 21st, 2014


2014 The Year in Pictures

2014 has been full of friends, family and new challenges. Alan got his first book published, gradauted his MBA with distinction and started writing his second book. Markus finished at nursery and started kindergarten. Patrick got used to going to nursery without his brother. I worked on a huge project at work, got promoted and ran the New York Marathon with Best Mate Sal! We went on holiday to Itlay and France, met Kate's boys in the UK, celebrated my Dad's 70th Birthday, and had visits from all of our family during the year, plus Mags in Feb and Sal in September. It was a very good year :-)

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Top row, left to right
Feb: Snowy day in Flims
Feb: Snowy day in Flims
Mar: Palmers in Peak District
Mar: Uetliberg Playground

2nd row, left to right
April: Easter in Ticino
May: Helen runs Berne Grand Prix
July: Patrick's pirate party
July: Family holiday in Schenna

3rd row, left to right
July: Annecy with Connors
Aug: Markus starts Chindsgi
Aug: Markus' 5th Birthday
Sept: Sal comes to stay

4th row, left to right
Sept: Chris & Lydia visit
Nov: Helen & Sal run New York Marathon!
Dec: Granny & Grandpa come to stay
Dec: The boys meet Samichlaus in Sihlwald
All my 2014 Photos

Best Film of 2014

Okay, so I haven't been to the cinema many times in 2014 (actually just three times, all kids films, what you gonna do?) but yesterday we saw "Paddington" and I thought it was magnificent! IMDB reviews are good as well.

We have been watching the trailer for weeks (and Markus would laugh himself hysterical at the toothbrush and the escalator scenes), but actually this trailer which gives you a better feel for the film's brilliance.

As saw it in German, so didn't hear familiar voices (shame), but it was well translated and just as funny. I found it very moving in places, and close to the beloved original. Very clever adaptation. Funny, thought provoking, action filled, great actors, including the furry kind. Perfect Pre Christmas viewing. As an ex Londoner I loved all the city scenes!

And then I went on youtube and showed the boys the original BBC TV series - it was wonderful to see these episodes again and to hum along to the music. Very happy child of the seventies!