New Years Eve – 2016 here we come!

Russell Brand







So I saved one of the images that Arthur from A Royal Hangover produced for me for the sober advent calendar for New Years Eve ๐Ÿ˜‰ย ย  Why?ย  Well partly because he is one of the patrons at the drug and alcohol treatment centre where I volunteer – so he has a special place in my heart.ย  But also because today is a biggie for many – so many new possibilities lie beyond the strike of midnight tonight and the virgin minutes of a New Year.ย  What will 2016 bring for you and me?

Well in the words of the delectable Mr Russell Brand – my life has improved immeasurably since I no longer drink alcohol or use drugs.ย  I can’t say it’s been 10 years for me but it has been 831days and in the first half of 2016 I will hit 1000.ย  I’m not thinking about drinking anymore, I’m thinking about hitting 1000 days and the excitement of life that lies ahead.ย  The HOF clan have saved all of their ex-booze fund up and will be travelling to Australia in 2016 to visit family on an extended holiday.ย  This truly amazing sober treat of visiting the other side of the world for the first time will be realised as a direct result of us not drinking anymore and I can’t bloody wait!!

I don’t need to get pissed today to improve the night or add to the expectation of a brand new year.ย  And neither do you.ย  But if you think or feel you do that’s okay too and I’ll be here tomorrow whatever so come on by and if you do decide you want 2016 to be different to 2015 on the drinking front then say hello or email me and I’ll do all I can to help turn that into a reality for you ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally a tune – aptly titled Dance Yourself Clean and featuring a band I love – LCD Soundsystem, a place I love – Brighton & the irreverence ofย  the Muppets raving! (watch until at least 3 mins 10 secs in when they drop the tune) What more could you ask for on NYE? ๐Ÿ™‚

Or two? ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you prefer your NYE soundtrack more mellow – how ’bout this amazing Radiohead track that was commissioned for the James Bond film Spectre & then never used!!! (why oh why?)

Happy New Year lovely soberverse and thank you for being here with me these last two years <3

In 2014 the blog had 100,000 views and this year?

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

Full 2015 annual report

12 thoughts on “New Years Eve – 2016 here we come!

  1. Absolutely fantastic Lou!!! What a symbolic journey to Australia xxx Wishing you and yours all the best for 2016 Much love, Ruth xxx

    1. Thank you lovely Ruth ๐Ÿ™‚ Symbolic indeed & wishing you a wonderful 2016 too xx

  2. 10 Years! 831 days! 150,000 views! Oh my! That is amazing that the HOF gang will be going to Australia; it’s Day 582 for me, and 2015 marks the first year I haven’t missed a day of work due to alcohol–I am so grateful for this online community ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy New Year! xx

    1. Thanks Lori ๐Ÿ™‚ 582 days is simply awesome and well done on your pristine sickness record. I am so grateful to have you all here too – Happy New Year to you too! xx

  3. Lou – that sounds wonderful! Such a great thing to look forward to.
    Thank you so much for being along with me this year, you really helped in those early days.
    From the bottom of my grateful sober heart,
    Happy New Year xxx

    1. Claire thank you for being here too ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year to you too lovely xx

  4. Saved the first one up and have just been dancing round my bedroom like a loon while getting ready for this evening’s shindig ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks as ever for being here and have a great evening my dear! Xxx

    1. Britain needs loons! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have an awesome shindig this evening Mrs Prim & see you in 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  5. Absolutely Love this & the LCD Soundsystem video Lou!
    I’m making this the soundtrack of your (my) life track for 2016!!!!
    (Skipped the Radiohead track in fear that it would just be the drone of all that, possibly accompanied by the bloody Teletubbies)……. :^)

    1. Hey Steven! Happy to hear you liked ๐Ÿ™‚ The Radiohead track is sublime – but I recognise that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea ๐Ÿ˜‰

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