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My favourite pictures of 2012

Crossing the Panama Canal 1st January 2012

In January I crossed the Panama Canal by ship, and visited South Africa for the first time in 25 years. Here in the photo I am with my friend Abigail, granddaughter of another friend of mine, Margaret Carey.

With my friend Abigail and Nelson Mandela's prison Island, Cape Town, 24th January

In April I toured in Mexico. One of the concerts was in this beautiful outdoor location in Salamanca.

Rehearsing for concert in Salamanca, Mexico, 9th May

Here I am on BBC Breakfast TV talking about my new album release Magical Mystery Guitar Tour on the day the album reached number one on the UK Classical itunes charts.

On BBC Breakfast TV with presenters Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin 18th May

In June I played in the Ulverston Music Festival, birthplace of Stan Laurel.

In Ulverston, birthplace of Stan Laurel, 30th June

The London Olympics in August provided me with the chance encounter of a cycle race on the edges of Hyde Park just as I was leaving the dentist!

With Olympic crowd in Hyde Park London 7th August

In September I played for the first time in Lima, Peru at the excellent Festival Internacional de Guitarra Vivace.

Having a good time in concert, Lima, Peru, 10th September

Back in Old Blighty in October I performed the Aranjuez Concerto with the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Brian Wright.

In dressing room just before playing the Aranjuez Concerto, Maidstone, UK, 13th October

At the end of October I was in Arizona where I played in various cities which have arisen (pardon the pun) out of the desert.

In Arizona with the Santa Catalina mountains and saguaro cactus, 24th October

November in England saw me on my Magical Mystery Guitar Tour, starting off with a concert in the church off Penny Lane where Sir Paul McCartney was a choirboy.

In Penny Lane, Liverpool. My first concert of the November tour was at St Barnabas Church just opposite the road sign

In December I flew to Malaysia for my first-ever concerts. I played in Kuala Lumpur and in a jungle guitar camp.

At the jungle guitar camp with Padet Netpakdee and Evelyn Cheong, Fraser's Hill, Malaysia,December

At the jungle guitar camp with Padet Netpakdee and Evelyn Cheong, Fraser's Hill, Malaysia, 9th December

And so draws to a close a memorable year for me: a number one hit; first-time performances in Peru, Malaysia and Arizona; concerts in tropical paradises, reclaimed deserts and in England too.

Carlos at the University Experimental Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, 2nd December. Photo courtesy of Classical Guitar Society of Malaysia

I look forward to 2013 as I hope you do. Thank you for reading this far.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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