Alic's first birthday party

Marking Fiskal Policy’s first birthday by looking back at an extraordinary year

Or #Letthemeatcake

Tearing the head off a non-M&S caterpillar cake while enjoying the best drink in the world seems a fitting way to celebrate.

Yes, this week it is the important milestone of being Fiskal Policy’s first birthday.

Alic's first birthday party
Everyone is invited to celebrate Fiskal Policy’s first birthday (“Allic’s 1st birthday party” by gomagoti is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Gillian Jacobs by Gage Skidmore
Fiskal Policy was born when I needed an outlet to express how fantastic Community is – starring Gillian Jacobs (pictured) and a host of other greats (“Gillian Jacobs” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
If you know you know. If you don’t know then read the first episode of Fiskal Policy

By rights it should have been started years ago but just like the sourdough starter you have in your cupboard it turned out to be a product of lockdown.

Well, lockdown and the TV show Community.

I honestly don’t think it would have happened without me needing an outlet to tell people just how great the show starring Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash is.

So great that it has appeared in not one but two Fiskal Policy episodes and may appear in some more if I ever manage to rewatch the entire show.

Pete and Carl developing a taste for sausages in Bethnal Green
One episode of Fiskal Policy took a look at the very surprising puppet show by The Libertines (Picture is a screengrab from The Libertines YouTube page)
And this year saw Fiskal Policy pen a personal tribute to the other Robert Fisk (“Robert Fisk” by Internaz is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
The paintball episodes of Community are absolutely incredible

It was a show that helped me through the dark days and nights of the first lockdown, alone in a new town with no friends nearby.

It was a show that taught me sometimes it is okay to binge watch a show – and led to me watching Motherland: Fort Salem and The End of the F***ing World.

But Fiskal Policy hasn’t been just about things to watch on TV years (or sometimes just months) after other people have seen them.

There has also been the foray into biting political journalism, commenting on the many flaws of Boris Johnson’s Government during the pandemic, being pleased to have got it wrong in the States and hoping Count Binface would have beaten Laurence Fox at the ballot box.

Birthday burger
Make at home restaurant kits were one of the trends of lockdown
Elf on the Shelf
Will I ever understand Elf on the Shelf? (“Elf on a Shelf Doll” by Michael Kappel is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)
Did they or didn’t they? Yeah – spoiler alert – they did

It has also dealt with key issues over the last year that if you hadn’t read about then you wouldn’t have known about and life wouldn’t have been any worse or better.

Things like what Ed Sheeran decided to call his baby, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s virtual reunion, Right Said Fred thinking they were too sexy for masks, and Kim Kardashian doing some things.

There was the difficult second album period of January where when faced with another long dark looming lockdown it was difficult to find enough interesting things to write about. If you read any of those pieces and you are still here then thank you very much for sticking around.

Hopefully during the past year I’ve made you aware of something new – whether that be tunes in the seasonal music episodes, something worth watching on (or not on) TV, a different take on an artist, and even what Superman has been up to recently.

Birthday caterpillar cake
I wasn’t lying about tearing the head off a non Marks & Spencer caterpillar cake. This one is from Sainsbury’s. It is a bit dry
When I started Fiskal Policy in May 2020 I never expected I would be writing anything about Daphne & Celeste just a few short months later (Image is from Daphne & Celeste’s Twitter page)
Check out the full Community theme song

I hope so because I’m eternally grateful to each and everyone of you for reading and being a part of this.

At last count people from 104 different countries had read Fiskal Policy at some point since it started last May.

Thank you very much to everyone who has read the pieces, made a comment, suggested topics and just made me feel a little less alone during the pandemic.

So when I raise a glass I will raise it to you, whether you’re in a basement flat in Islington or a house overlooking the sea in Trinidad. You rock.

Stay safe for another week!

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