Finding reasons to be depressed about 2009 is an easy sport. So I thought I'd throw a pebble into all of that and see what little ripples of goodness it might dredge up. Here are a few under-sung things that made me go "Wow!", "Wow" or "wow..." over the past year. You might like them too.
Links from top left... The film: Fish Tank. The tea: Summerdown English Peppermint. The band: Rotary Downs (New Orleans, Louisiana). The coffee shop: Lantana (off Goodge Street, London). The artist: Aldwyth (South Carolina). The book: Kneller's Happy Campers. The coffee: Counter Culture Coffee (Durham, North Carolina). The dessert wine: Chapel Down Nectar (England).