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End of year quiz

No idea who started this meme, but Google shows quite a lot of results. In any case, I’ve nicked it from, although I managed to find question 29. 21 is still a mystery.

1.What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before?

Drink a pint of lager. No, seriously.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Kind-of, and yes. I did reduce my drinking, eventually, but I really need to exercise more and eat better food. So they’ll be my resolutions. Oh, and try to save even more money.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My cousin and his wife now have a lovely daughter called Eve, born in September. She’s adorable.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, my godfather, back in August.

5. What countries did you visit?

Just France this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?

A girlfriend? Although I’ve lacked that in 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999…

7. What date(s) from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Probably my godfather’s funeral.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Passing my first year with a 64.8% average.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not passing with better marks.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Injury: odd sore finger, but that’s it. As for illness, I seem to have had every cold going, plus the ‘flu. But nothing too serious – I’ve never been a hospital inpatient apart from when I was born.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Difficult one. I’m pleased with my Duex MP3 player

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

All my friends.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Tony Blair for being a suck-up and not taking time to get his ‘facts’ checked out properly.

14. Where did most of your money go?

You tell me.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Sometimes even little things get me excited so the list here would be too long.

16. What song will always remind you of 2003?

Probably either “Fly on the Wings of Love” by XTM or “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness.

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

  1. happier or sadder? Much happier.
  2. thinner or fatter? Probably a bit fatter. See new year’s resolutions.
  3. richer or poorer? Slightly richer in terms of money in the bank, quite a bit poorer if it’s offset against how much I owe in loans.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Socialising and exercise. Unless someone opens a pub in the gym the two are hard to mix.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Playing Solitaire. That thing has wasted far too much of my time. And eating junk food.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Hrm, no-one told me I should’ve done this last week…

21. Who deleted question 21?

I blame Elmo.

22. Did you fall in love in 2003?

Not really.

23. How many one-night stands?

None. Like I’d ever be in a position to get a one-night stand.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

It’s a tie between the repeats of Coupling, My Family, QI and Have I Got News For You.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Other than Blair, no. In fact the inverse is more true,

26. What was the best book you read?

“Just For Fun” by Linus Torvalds. Although admittedly that was the only book I read :-o.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Probably “Time to Fly (Climax 69 Remix)” by Lyala. There wasn’t much decent trance out this year unfortunately, and any half-decent stuff was by established artists.

28. What did you want and get?

Probably that MP3 player again.

29. What did you want and not get?

World peace and new mobile phone.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Probably Return of the King, but I only saw a handful of films this year.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Attempted to go out but couldn’t get in anywhere. I was 19.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A really close friend.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?

Less beige, more dark green and black. And scarves.

34. What kept you sane?

My friends. Although my sanity parted company with me years ago.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I tend not to fancy celebrities, but Cate Blanchett is pretty fit.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Top-up fees, followed by the War in Iraq,

37. Who did you miss?

Friends from college.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

There were several.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003.

Too many to name, but not as many as last year.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I’ll do what Richard did and quote a Warrior lyric: “If you’re standing accused and you’re lost and confused, you don’t have to take the blame. If your life’s rushing by you I’ll be there beside you, I’ll help you to ease the pain.” I don’t really like the vocalist but the song is good.

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