2015: It Was A Very Good Year

Yes it was, a very good year for thoughtsofjustafan and for Alfie Boe too.  If I asked Alfie, his 2015 highlights might include Classic Quadrophenia and Les Mis on Broadway but I’m sure meeting loads of adoring fans at various UK and US concerts would also be right up there with the best moments.

For me, 2015 has been a series of fabulous moments one after the other – I can’t possibly choose one as the best although the first three on the list would certainly be competing for the top spot!

  • Interviewing Alfie for Classic Quadrophenia.
  • Interviewing Alfie again for the first in the Club 24601 series.
  • Chatting to Alfie at Somerset House and hearing him tell me that he reads thoughtsofjustafan…if Nikki Lewis hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have believed it!
  • Seeing my Classic Quad review from the Huffington Post quoted in a proper newspaper (the Guardian). The thank you from Alfie when I interviewed him shortly after was pretty special too. classic quad review
  • Addio Sogni di Gloria being voted the Best Alfie Boe Song (recorded) – last year’s favourite, Bring Him Home was number 4.
  • Taking my 9yo to Alive @Delapre for his first Alfie concert and hearing the stand out Alfie song from 2015, Run:

  • The Club 24601 series of interviews, beginning with Alfie and culminating with the current London JVJ, Peter Lockyer.
  • Interview with David Steadman, of the D’oyly Carte Opera Company and hearing about Alfie’s very first tour as a professional singer.
  • Finding out that the fan’s favourite Alfie Boe look is jeans, the tighter the better!  Alfie in a suit was a (very) close runner up.
  • Alfie in Les Miserables on Broadway – hearing the amazing reviews and happy fans was the next best thing to being there myself.

Thank you to everyone for reading and supporting thoughtsofjustafan – I really appreciate the time you take to comment on and share.  In February this year we passed 30,000 hits and thanks to all you wonderful readers, we have now more than tripled that number – woohoo!

Thank you too for all the wonderful compliments you have sent over the year, you are all very kind.

Of course, I can’t let 2015 pass without thanking some extra special people who have continued to support me and thoughtsofjustafan:

Thanks to Debbie Bannigan for giving me the best gift anyone can ever receive; belief and confidence that I can achieve whatever I want to.  Without your support, this blog would not exist.

Thanks to Linda Wellington for continually providing me with photos and videos and allowing me to use them.  Thank you also for all the laughs along the way this summer – and for ferrying us to Northampton!

Thanks to Carole Hunt for continuing to allow me to use her photo for the main blog banner.

Thanks to everyone who allows me to use their videos here – Nikki, Jayne, Annie in particular.

Thanks to Roberta Kappus and Carole Hunt for being fabulous reviewers this year – I hope to be able to call on you again lovely ladies!

Thanks to Sue Black, Linda Anstee and Marie Blair for being my top social media sharers this year – thanks for spreading the word!

Thanks to my top commenters in 2015 – Linda McCann, Sue Redfern and Carole Naden.  Love hearing from you!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who spoke to me at concerts this year and said they loved my blog – I love doing it!  Special thanks to the super posse of friends who, amongst others, made it extra special this year: Linda A and Linda W, Sally, Cecelia and Cassie (I’ll never forget your comments while waiting for the ladies at Hampton Court!), Paul and Pauline, Jan, Carole H, Sue, Pam and Tina, Nikki, Annie, Pauline H, Pat and Janet, Jayne, Deb and Flo.

thanks for reading and sharing!



11 thoughts on “2015: It Was A Very Good Year

  1. Pam Eubanks

    It’s been a very good year. Thank you for this blog to help keep us informed and up to date with everything Alfie Boe. You’re doing a great job, Jane. Wishing you and yours and Mr. Alfie Boe and his a very happy 2016!!

  2. Eliane Brasilrj

    (Brazil-rj) For you Jane and family a very happy Christmas and wishing to 2016 a year of great time for you and this wonderful blog with many great moments with our dear Alfie

  3. Cathy

    You have had a great year! I always enjoy reading your blog and looking at the videos that you post with it. You didn’t explain why you were so happy that Addio sogni di gloria was #1-I am interested in your comments. I love Run so I am glad that you put it in this post-any ideas of whether or not he is going to record it? I am interested in what he has planned for the Spring-I should think a new album since that has usually been the pattern. A very happy holiday to you and all your readers.

    1. thoughtsofjustafan Post author

      Thanks Cathy – I love Addio Sogni di Gloria as it showcases Alfie’s vocal range to it’s best and it was so nice to have a new number 1. There is so much more to Alfie Boe than BHH!

  4. Sally Cook

    Jane it’s always a delight to read your blog and such a good way of keeping in touch – and I think it’s wonderful that Alfie recognises the value and importance of this – long may it continue and I hope to see you and Cecelia in the New Year

  5. Chelley

    That’s lovely xxxx Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you hunny xx thank you for all you write xx I don’t interact very often, but I thoroughly enjoy reading your wonderful work xxx keep at it hunny, you have a gift and a talent x

  6. Pauline Routier

    Bless your heart Jane. It’s obvious from your writing that you love what you do, and so do we! Can’t wait to see where your blogging takes you in 2016. X

  7. Linda Wellington

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you Jane for this wonderful high-quality Blog. You’re always first with the information and produce great interesting in-depth articles. Keep up the good work for 2016…..

    Plus, I’m chuffed that you often want to use my photos and videos. x

  8. Sue Redfern

    Jane, we love you and we love your blog! For those of us who felt bereft at the loss of ABUK you have been a godsend, long may you continue to inform and delight us.
    See you SOON I hope, but it probably won’t be Scarborough
    Happy Christmas lovely, and a fabulous new year xx

  9. Susan

    Jane that was a fascinating read,what a busy and exciting year it’s been for you? Thank you for writing this well informed blog,you are a wonderful writer. Where else could we get all this information about Alfie, see the all the great videos and photos,thanks to those involved with those,all under one banner.
    Thanks for the mention,I hope one day we may meet at an Alfie Concert but only if it’s a small venue,which I expect may be doubtful. So just make sure you keep blogging,thank you.x,

  10. Linda McCann

    Thank YOU Jane – we appreciate you taking the time to write it and we enjoy reading it [even Alfie!] I’m sure you must have been thrilled with the first 3 items on the list. We haven’t met yet but if you come to Scarborough maybe we will.

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