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2017 in review

 By Igor Demba

By Igor Demba

This year was wild. I married the most wonderful woman I know. She’s smarter, kinder and more generous than I am and is helping me become a better person. TY, Annabel! (She also hosts and produces an excellent podcast.)

 By Igor Demba

By Igor Demba

I also finally wrapped up an eighteen-month long project to make a magazine about everyday runners. The end result is now in homes (and shops) around the world. And it’s all thanks to the time and talents of Matt, Tom and Annabel.

 By Tom Price

By Tom Price

Publishing Run for Your Life was one of the two new year’s resolutions that I managed to complete (out of 11). I think I was naive about just how much effort it would take to plan a wedding.

  Got Legs aka The Lovely Boys — by Tom Price

Got Legsaka The Lovely Boys — by Tom Price

But a few of the dropped resolutions and projects made way for unexpected, new ones. I’m building an app with a couple of friends and also writing an incredibly silly musical with Lily. Look out for both of those things in 2018.

I was fired for the second time in my life, just days after returning from honeymoon. It was better than getting fired the first time. I started freelancing again, which means I get to spend way more time in my pants.

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We took Blighfield on the road to Italy and Slovenia for our honeymoon, then to Berlin, Exeter, Gothenburg, Nottingham, Paris, Poznań, Snowdonia and Southampton.

My bäst men took me on a stag do in Sweden where we spent most of the weekend naked, except for the day where I had to wander around rainy Gothenburg in an adult nappy and little else.

I started four marathons and finished three. I puked twice— once after the unfinished marathon, once after too much winter Pimm’s.

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I miss playing music but I hope to do more of that in 2018. Mind you, I said that this year. Next year, I’d like to read more books, spend less time reading Twitter, complete marathons without feeling sick, and be a better-than-average husband.

What about you? I’d love to hear about your year and its ups and downs: lukeleighfield@gmail.com.

Favourite records 💿

  • Bleachers — Gone Now
  • Clean Cut Kid — Felt
  • Derrick Hodge — The Second
  • Gang of Youths — Go Farther in Lightness
  • Hajk — Hajk
  • Leif Vollebekk — Twin Solitude
  • Linnea Henriksson — Linnea Henriksson
  • Loney Dear — Loney Dear
  • MUNA — About U
  • Ngaiire — Blastoma
  • Noah Gundersen — White Noise
  • Phangs — Get in My Arms
  • Vulfpeck — Mr Finish Line
  • Zara Larsson — So Good

Listen to one track from each of these records in my end-of-year playlist.

Favourite pop concerts 🎸

  • Chance the Rapper @ Wireless
  • Gang of Youths @ Camden Assembly
  • Joey Dosik @ Camden Assembly
  • Leif Vollebekk @ Moth Club
  • Loney Dear @ Servant Jazz Quarters
  • MUNA @ Heaven
  • The Hotelier @ The Dome
  • The Rocket Summer @ Islington Academy
  • The Xcerts @ Scala
  • Vulfpeck @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Favourite books 📚

Fiction

Non-fiction

See my entire 2017 book log on Instagram. Or be my pal on Goodreads.

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