10:51 Friday 27 December 2013

According to..... A look back at a 'fantastic' year in 2013

Written byROB SMYTH

INML Staffordshire Newspapers staff pics Dec 2011Rob Smyth INML Staffordshire Newspapers staff pics Dec 2011Rob Smyth

TWELVE months, 52 weeks and 365 days - it sounds a lot doesn’t it?

Yet, despite it feeling like January 1, 2013 was just yesterday, we are standing here on the verge of a new year.

This time of year, newspapers, television channels and all manner often take a look back at the year just gone, highlighting the good and the bad.

So, in a bid not to break from tradition, I thought I would do my own, personal, review of the year.

The major change in my life during the past 12 months is that I am now a homeowner.

This time last year I was still living my mum and dad and now I have my own, fantastic little house with my girlfriend Leanne.

I honestly never thought I would be leaving home anytime soon but I found a brilliant girlfriend and a fantastic house and here we are.

On Christmas Day, we had been in the house for six months and how time has flown.

Amazingly, Leanne actually enjoys living with me and jobs such as laying carpets, painting and gardening are not that much of a pain - who would have thought it.

I still miss being at home, seeing my family every day but I know the move has a been a good thing as it just feels so right.

From a professional point of view, the Mail has had a good year.

I celebrated a promotion earlier this year and the paper itself continues to provide great coverage of the area, perform well in terms of sales and also has a rising online audience.

I am, and always will be, proud of what I do and the product that we put out six days a week and the people that I work with.

Also in a move that made my mum the happiest she had been since I joined the paper four years ago, I interviewed her favourite crooner Michael Bolton.

Other major milestones including the momentous 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (which was just as amazing as I hoped it would be) and the rise and fall and then rise again of Newcastle United.

I am sure I have missed many things off and people will probably read this and say ‘what a load of rubbish’.

But, it is according to Rob Smyth and this was my way of signing off a fantastic 2013.

In 2014 I am sure there will be plenty of ups and hopefully not many downs but one thing is for sure is that it will go quickly and 2015 will be here in a flash. All that is left to say is Happy New Year to all.

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