Err where did 2009 go?

I can’t believe that it’s already holiday time and another 12 months has slipped by. For me it has been a year of extremes; I have experienced great loss and also tremendous joy in the summer as I wed my feller, surrounded by my wonderful family. I now have a new dimension to my life which I am very grateful for.

In terms of work it has, as ever, been hectic. The Gadget Show continues to go from strength to strength and our first adventure with a live performance worked very well at the NEC in Birmingham back in April: in fact we will be extending the run next year to 4 days from April 8th – 11th, it’s a lot of fun. We have already filmed some of series 13 and it looks as though it will be a cracker, I also feel as though I am back to full strength and able to cope with more rugged challenges…look out boys! So far we have embarked upon a crazy desert challenge and directed pop videos, it all airs in February.

MotoGP was a full on calendar with Valentino reaping the rewards. I was thrilled that our BBC interview with him made world headlines (not the UK though with their apathy for bike sport!) He was very forthright about his views on team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha and a future at Ducati. It sets a good stage for the 2010 battle. At this time I am uncertain of my position regarding coverage for next year, there is much to be discussed.

Biker Blast OffMy ipod application Biker Blastoff reached number 1, twice, in the itunes charts, so thank-you if you downloaded and tapped, rubbed and shook me to the top spot! It also passed 2 million downloads worldwide which is incredible and I would like to pass on my deepest thanks to Mediatonic, the game designers and the gang in the office who were all instrumental in its great success, cheers guys, who’d have thought it! Also it made my cat Gingi famous!

I continued with my writing; the MotoGP column in the Daily Telegraphs Motoring Section, the BBC Bike review magazine and also a guest spot in T3 Magazine, which I very much enjoyed doing. I met the gang at the T3 awards where I presented the Drop Dead Gadget Award to Apple for their MacBookPro, it was quite a night!

I will be enjoying a rest over the Christmas period and then in January I am off to South Africa for a 3 week honeymoon, can’t wait; I have been planning it for months!

Next year the website will change somewhat. It will still be a port of contact, there will still be photo’s but it’s going on a diet and will be streamlined somewhat! You can still follow me on twitter @suziperry and also I hope to create a blog, so all my info will remain current.

On the 4th December, I took part in a Panto at the Promise Dreams Dinner at Walsall Town Hall.  As always the charity was very well supported and everyone seemed to have a good time.  My fellow cast members included Steve Bull and Don Goodman, Jenny Jones and Jenny Wilkes from Radio WM and we were absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful Jaki Graham who not only took part in the panto but performed 3 numbers for us including ‘Set me Free’  to a fantastic response from the audience.  She’s an amazing lady and I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet her.

Catalan Grand Prix 2009

Despite knowing beforehand that it would be a close run contest between the Yamahas, no-one could have dreamed that it would end up being such a spectacular showdown. The last 3 laps beggered belief; I think it was the best race that I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen it you should you-tube it because it is one of the most incredible moments of sport that you will ever see, even if you don’t think you like motor-sport, you will be hooked! Both Jorge and Vale were simply astonishing and ultimately Rossi proved there was life in the old goat yet! I wrote my Daily Telegraph column on the encounter if you want to read more. It was sweltering off the track and hot stuff on.