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.

Tying the knot!

On August 6th I tied the knot to my Dutch boyfriend of 3 years Bastien. We flew to Sin City and had a blast! We whisked our families and a few friends off to stay at the Bellagio hotel with a view to have the best week ever and we did. We got hitched at the Gracelands Chapel which I will admit to having reservations about. On the one hand I am a huge Elvis fan and I believe that when in Vegas.. .but I wanted the tackiness to be, well, limited. It was and the Elvis impersonator was not only jaw droppingly gorgeous but had a fabulous voice and had us all dancing and singing our hearts out! We wanted the day to be pure fun for everyone, so we embraced the stretch hummers, Elvis shades and endless supply of champers and made our way to the Paris hotel to have dinner in the Eiffel Tower which overlooks the gorgeous Bellagio fountains. After getting stuck in the lift for several minutes we made it and it was perfect.

If you want to check out some of the pix from the wedding, go to www.wattswhere.co.uk
The following day, at sunset, we chartered 2 helicopters to fly into the Grand Canyon. It is possibly one of the most awe inspiring experiences out there. We took the wedding cake with us and I am sure it tasted so good because of the surroundings! Tom Jones was up next at the MGM Grand, Tony Curtis was enjoying his fabulous show on the next table and as I boogied away, surrounded by my favourite people I realised that life couldn’t get any better, it was a week to savour, the best week ever!