maximpetergriffin is an explorer and illustrator of Old, Weird Albion; as well as being a thoroughly pleasant chap. Here are his thoughts on 2013.
Two thousand and 13 overview in 10 parts
1 – Scarp by Nick Papadimitriou
Deep topography along the edge of the edge of London . Fairly cosmic .
2 – Ladybird books
I’ve collected a glut of these over the the last few months . In particular the landscape ones . Perfect illustrations of an England that never quite existed .
(What To Look For In Autumn is my favourite. Cobwebs. Fields. Owls etc)
3 – Kosmicher Laufer
A perfect collection of (possibly) East German electronica from (maybe) 1972 – 1983.
Propelling and very playful http://kosmischerlaufer.bandcamp.com/
4 – Bully Hills Barrow Cemetery – Tathwell , Lincolnshire
I’ve spent a lot of time here . I like it . It bothers me .
More information – http://www.stone-circles.org.uk/stone/bullyhills.htm
5 – A Field In England (Ben Wheatley 2013)
Civil war set ghost story/western . Crackling script , beautifully shot and edited. Top quality soundtrack too.
6 – Scarfolk
Stunningly designed hautogeographic . And it’s creator Richard Littler is a gentleman.
Learn more http://scarfolk.blogspot.co.uk/ So mote it be .
7 – Rogue Male – Geoffrey Household
First published in 1939 , this lean little thriller is well worth a punt . Fast . Nasty . Dorset . See also the 1976 adaptation starring Peter O’Toole .
8 – The A1 northbound from Ferrybridge
For the pylons , the megaliths and the battlefields .
9 – Otherness (David Wise 2013)
Part video diary , part meditation on a landscape . Photographer David Wise spends the summer camped out on Darnet Island in the Medway Estuary and unravels . A very strange and rather moving documentary.
Watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqch_NRdZuA