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End of year quiz

Here’s a quiz I took this last year updated for 2004. Should be interesting when comparing answers. Read on…

1.What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?

Go out every night of the week – and by that I mean stay out later than midnight every night for 7 days solid. I’ve almost managed it before but this year was the first time I’d done it fully. I was totally knackered afterwards, as you can imagine.

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

Well, my resolutions for 2004 were:

Drink less alchohol.
Hmmm. No, didn’t keep that one somehow. I’d say my consumption patterns have changed – I’m having one or two a day rather than binging on a lot a couple of times a week, which is probably better for me in the longrun. But hey, I’m a student – drinking alcohol is in the job description 😉 .
Eat more healthily
Some improvement. I’m having fresh salad in my sandwiches more often and drinking more pure orange juice, but having a supermarket at the end of the road that does two pieces of Kentucky-esque fried chicken and fries for £1.19 is off-putting.
Do more work
Took me until the end of June but I have done a lot more work this year. Yay!
Do more exercies
A big fat no. Been as lazy as ever this year. Ah well.

For 2005 I’ll probably do more of the same.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not this year. My cousin’s daughter Eve is growing up fast – she’s learned to walk and is eating solid food now. She’s still adorable though, and very well behaved.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

If it counts, Wales (for a day in December). Haven’t really had the chance to go abroad this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?

A girlfriend? Although I’ve lacked that in 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999…

7. What date(s) from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The Beach Party in June for the sheer insanity of the whole thing. We’re having another one this year which promises to be bigger and better than last time – hopefully we’ll actually get some sunshine this time too!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Either getting a summer placement or doing much better in my resits than I did on my first attempt. I was also pretty impressed at getting asked to co-author a book about Movable Type, even if I didn’t get time to contribute in the end.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Having to do re-sits, and having to pull out of the book.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No injuries, but I had the odd cold. Not as bad as last year though.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My iPod Mini, without a doubt. Although I’m pretty pleased with my Family Guy DVDs too.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

All my friends, as I said last year. They’ve been brilliant this year and really made my life worth living.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Like last year I’ll say a Labour politician, though it’ll be Charles Clarke and his bill to make students even poorer than they already are. Though that doesn’t mean Blair is off the hook either. He’s better than Howard or *shiver* Kilroy-Silk but that doesn’t mean I like him or his ideas.

14. Where did most of your money go?

The pub. And Apple Computer.

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

Christmas, the beach party, my iPod Mini.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?

“In The Shadows” by The Rasmus.

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

happier or sadder?
Probably about the same, maybe happier.
thinner or fatter?
Fatter, alas.
richer or poorer?
Richer in that I have quite a lot more money in the bank, poorer in that I owe far more than that to the government in student loans.

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


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

Playing Solitaire and Freecell.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Yep, once again, I’ve taken this a few days too late.

21. Who deleted question 21?

The meme monster.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

Yeah, I wish.

23. How many one-night stands?

Yeah, I wish.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Family Guy, although I’ve been watching that on DVD so I don’t know if it counts. Otherwise either 2DTV, QI, Have I Got News For You or Dead Ringers. From the radio I’d choose The News Quiz or The 99p Challenge.

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

Not really no.

26. What was the best book you read?

Books? I read blogs! In which case I’d name Dooce as my favourite – Heather’s a brilliant observer and her writing always makes me chuckle.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I hadn’t realised I liked Ash and Green Day so much. But they’re not really discoveries.

28. What did you want and get?

A new watch, a pen drive, a new mobile phone (twice), a DVD player and that iPod Mini again 🙂 .

29. What did you want and not get?

World peace and lots of money.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Of those that I saw, Spiderman II.

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

Get drunk on Turboshandy (avoid it, please). I was 20.

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

A girlfriend and more cash.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?

Eh…? Same clothes I usually wear – subdued casuals.

34. What kept you sane?

My friends and having lots of stuff to do.

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

Kirsten Dunst.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Top-up fees again, followed by equal opportunities/diversity, the Iraq war and hunting with dogs. I’ve been somewhat more political this year than in previous years.

37. Who did you miss?

A friend of mine who is on placement.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Too many to mention.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.

If you’re going to live with some mates of yours, make sure it’s only for a year at a time. I like my housemates and get on well with them, but I really don’t want to live with them next year…

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

“Girl! I’m gonna take you to a gay bar!” . Because I went to one (well, a gay club night) and my life, like the song, has been a bit insane at times over the year. All in all, 2004 was a good year for me, but hopefully 2005 will be better.


  1. E.O.Y.Q.

    Whenever I am at a loss as to what to blog about, Neil always seems to have another meme handy. This time, it’s the “End of Year Quiz”… much like a “year in review” in forty questions I’d imagine. Anyway,…

  2. Thanks for the quiz, have been looking for one for ages 🙂

  3. End Of Year Quiz

    Neil does this “end of the year” quiz…sounds like a good idea to me. (Least it did before it took me almost two hours to write it up!) Moo!…