End of year

I did this last year and it seemed a bit of fun then… so why not try again and look back and see what’s changed. Should be fun.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Ate from a chocolate fountain, slept on a plane and probably a few more things…. Oh, moved out and am now living in a rented house with a few other people.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t really make one, so technically that’s a no.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, not that they told me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Again, thankfully not.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Malaysia and Singapore

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More enthusiasm about my Uni work.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Leaving work at Merrill Lynch was quite a big thing given it took up more than half of my life this gone year. Most of my trip to Malaysia is pretty firmly in my head, lot happened on it and doubt I will forget it. 9th of December is pretty high up there, it’s when I asked Demz out. I may not remember the date that well, but I remember the time very well.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I want to be really sad and say watching the whole of Stargate SG1 on DVD, but it think this still has to be work related. I completed a year of work without too much trouble and enjoyed it.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not grasping some moments with both hands as they passed and not doing as much Uni work as I should have since starting back there.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not more than the usual colds and badminton related stuff. Managed to pull my shoulder a couple of times, but I’m used to that now.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Anything from Computer (well, lots of new bits for it) to Digital SLR probably.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Can I be really self centred and say myself? I think I have grown up a fair bit this last year. I still do a lot of stupid things and I’m still lazy and childlike half the time, but I feel like I’m ready for the real world now and want it to happen.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
US and UK governments, as always.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably in the following order: Computer, Holiday, Camera, train fairs!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going on Holiday

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Probably Linkin Park – What I’ve done, although Ludovico Einaudi – I Due Fiumi is a close second

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a. Happier or sadder?
Happier, and if some things stay the same and at the same time I’m not in the process of failing my degree then I will be as happy as I can be.

b. Thinner or fatter?
Probably about the same.

c. Richer or poorer?
Still richer I think, although I now don’t have any money coming in and I have a million ways to spend it, so it won’t take much longer to be poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Uni work (notice a theme yet?) and visited friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being a lazy arse, sitting on trains.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home with my family as per usual.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Has to the legend that is Top Gear

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t think so. This hasn’t really been the year for hating people.

25. What was the best book you read?
I think the better question would be did you read any books. I have however been given 211 things a bright boy can do for Christmas and so far it does seem rather good.

26. What did you want and get?
Love. Oh, and work experience.

27. What did you want and not get?
Can’t think of anything specific at the moment, although I’m sure as usual it was lots of little things.

28. What was your favourite film of this year?
So many to pick from this year, Probably Hitman, Die hard 4, Borne ultimatum or Blades of glory would have to be high up there.

29. What was your favourite game of this year?
I will have to say Burnout 2 on the GameCube, still. I still play it more than anything else.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was my 21st birthday and I spent it on a rainy campsite as a Scout leader setting up a huge music concert in a marquee tent with a sound and lighting system. That has to be fairly original…

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More spare time and more time with friends.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Half of it as the modern city worker in decent shirt and trousers, the other half as a returning student in brown trousers and t-shirt.

33. What kept you sane?
Well, it certainly wasn’t my housemates, work colleges or the travelling. It s a bit of a push, but it may have been my friends in Roehampton. Of course this suggests I’m sane. I make no promises.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy respect the most?
I actually can’t think of anyone at the moment. That doesn’t bode well for the world really does it.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The usual “war on terror” still winds me up.

36. Who did you miss?
Demz (although if I’m allowed to pick more then pretty much all my friends….)

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I can’t think of that many people new to this year, although a few of the guys that started at work were great. What has happened though is I have got to know a lot of people a lot better. Mainly people at Roehampton thanks to my millions of visits, although clearly my housemates fall under this list too. I knew them all before I moved in, but know them all a lot better now and they are a great bunch of friends.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
I’m not sure it’s possible to work on personal life or work life at the same time. For one thing to succeed the other must fail. I hope to try and disprove that this year.

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