Watching the countdown to midnight shows as we played games and chatted last night, I was struck once again by the difference in scale between the UK and the US. In Britain, the New Year’s Eve shows generally feature Angus Deayton or that woman from Hear’Say. Maybe you’ll get a performance from Daniel O’Donnell or Westlife, but that’s about it.
Flicking between the networks here, I managed to see appearances from Alicia Keys, Fergie (the strangely manlike Black Eyed Peas singer rather than the strangely manlike former royal), Plain White T’s, Lenny Kravitz, Carrie Underwood, Akon and Natasha Bedingfield. Admittedly Cat Deeley popped up to present the Fox show, just to make me feel at home, but otherwise it was major stars all the way and not a Keith Chegwin or Chuckle Brother in sight.
Still, at least the champagne tasted the same.
It’s been a pretty big 2007 for this Brit Out Of Water. It started with a proposal, which led to a marriage, which in the meantime had led to a whole new job on the other side of the pond – and a brand new family into the bargain. Even the immigration officer from the US Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square found it within himself to smile and admit that it was “a big year in anyone’s book” as he stamped the form that would give me a work visa.
And of course, 2007 saw me dip my toe in blogging’s strangely alluring waters for the first time. Thanks for stopping by and reading – and thank you to all of you who have passed on word of the blog to friends and family. Of course, if you want to nominate A Brit Out Of Water in, say, the best new blog category of the Bloggies, who am I to stop you?
No doubt 2008 holds just as many culture shocks and petty rants as 2007, which you’ll be able to read about here. There might even be a redesign in a few weeks if you’re lucky. In the meantime, thanks again for all the support – and best wishes to you and yours for the year ahead.