100 Things I Loved in 2011

2011 was not my favourite year. It was a productive year, but sometimes it felt like a Mountain Goats song. Ne’ertheless, it had its highlights. I was set to offer marvelous commentary on why all of these things warrant your love, as well as my own. But 2012 has left me with little time for sleep, let alone reminiscing. So, I’m going to just post the list, before everything in it gives way to total obsolescence.

Where non-live entertainment is concerned, there is a hodge podge of things actually from 2011 (a la Beirut, Laid); those which I renewed my obsession in (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and those which I have come to belatedly (The Clientele, Arrested Development). This does not recount everything I went to, let alone everything I enjoyed. It’s not in order.


  1. Daniel Kitson
  2. Doctor Professor Neal Portenza
  3. Zoe Coombs Marr
  4. Demetri Martin
  5. Dylan Moran
  6. Claudia O’Doherty
  7. Sammy J and Randy
  8. Sam Simmons
  9. Lou Sanz
  10. DeAnne Smith
  11. Michael Workman
  12. Watson’s Super Secret Awesome Show
  13. Bob Franklin

Music – Live

  1. Owen Pallett
  2. Belle & Sebastian
  3. Pulp
  4. Mercury Rev
  5. Portishead
  6. Darren Hanlon

Music  – recordings

  1. Beirut – The Rip Tide
  2. Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes
  3. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
  4. Magnetic Fields – Plant White Roses
  5. Jane Austen Argument – Here in Melbourne/Bad Wine and Lemon Cake
  6. Cats’ Eyes
  7. Broadcast
  8. The Clientele
  9. Yo La Tengo
  10. Missy Elliott
  11. Azealia Banks – 212
  12. Nicki Minaj – Muny/Superbass
  13. Darren Hanlon – All Creatures Know
  14. The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Other – Live

  1. Tom Stoppard
  2. The Merry Widow (Ballet)
  3. Fugly
  4. NGV – Vienna Art and Design


  1. Dr Strangelove
  2. Robot Monster
  3. All About My Mother
  4. Kaboom!
  5. Submarine
  6. Bridesmaids
  7. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  8. Thor
  9. True Grit
  10. Midnight in Paris
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  12. Attack the Block
  13. Winter’s Bone
  14. Le Tigre on Tour
  15. The Women on the Sixth Floor
  16. Beginners


  1. Community
  2. Parks and Rec
  3. Doctor Who
  4. Eurovision
  5. ABC News Breakfast
  6. Good News Week
  7. Laid
  8. Twentysomething
  9. Arrested Development
  10. Better off Ted
  11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer


  1. Girls to the Front
  2. Unbearable Lightness
  3. Submarine
  4. Visit From the Goon Squad
  5. Me Talk Pretty One Day
  6. Naked

Food at home

  1. Home made hummus
  2. Bircher (Also at Spoonful, New York Tomato and so many other joints)
  3. Persimmons
  4. Tim Tams
  5. Peanut butter
  6. Oreos
  7. STEAK. With roast vegetables, no matter how freaking hot it is outside

Eating/Drinking Out

  1. Monsieur Truffe – baked ricotta and stone fruit parcel, granola, chocolate croissant
  2. Ganache – cinnamon hot chocolate, roast coconut and almond praline chocolate
  3. Chin Chin – soft shell crab, oyster omelette, spanner crab and steamed chicken salad, barbequed wild boar, Chinook salmon
  4. Ice cream – Ben & Jerry’s clusterfluff, Fritz’s coconut, and burnt fig and almond; Wendy’s’ Bailey’s and almond, Maggie Beer’s burnt fig, honeycomb and caramel, eaten with Dorito-spoons
  5. Longrain – Lamb shoulder, ocean trout
  6. Birdman Eating – baked ricotta; pea and corn fritters with smoked trout, avocado and rocket
  7. Lindt Cafe – ‘famous’ waffle, almond praline ice cream
  8. Mamasita – corn on the cob
  9. Chez Dre – basil and lime macaron; éclairs
  10. Chai – Seven Seeds; Sensory lab
  11. B52s at The Butterfly Club


  1. My Drunk Kitchen
  2. Dress Memory
  3. Autostraddle
  4. Effing Dykes
  5. Oh No They Didn’t
  6. Dinosaurs on Westminster Bridge

The actual productive shit I did which was also terrific

  1. Shameless Self Promotion
  2. Farrago
  3. Lip
  4. New and Approved
  5. Writing Journalism
  6. Sex and the Screen
  7. Hollywood and Entertainment
  8. Admitting my ambitions, for the first time since I hit puberty


About ducksandsunshine

Some say blogs are paradigms of self-indulgence and narcissism. I'm plenty of those things, but I mostly prefer to spend my not-actually-free hours playing Words With Friends. I like comedy, films, music, long reads and refined sugars.
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