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End of year quiz

In what is now an annual event, it’s about time I did the ‘End Of Year Quiz’. Read my answers from 2004 and 2003, or read on for this year’s answers.

1.What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?

Get a serious girlfriend 🙂 . I also went to a few new places.

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

My resolutions have been the same for a few years now, and they were:

  1. Drink less alcohol. Not entirely sure whether to say I managed this or not. I certainly didn’t binge drink so much (bar a few notable exceptions) but I’m still drinking quite a bit – it just tends to be spread out more evenly. Which health-wise is probably a good thing.
  2. Eat more healthily. Good progress here. I’m eating much more fruit and veg and less chips and pizza.
  3. Do more work. Well, I graduated, didn’t I? Could still do more though.
  4. Do more exercise. At last, some progress here too. I’m now hiking on most Sundays and I live further away from the university so I do more walking during the day too. Not a lot, but an improvement.

For 2006, I’ll continue with 2,3 and 4. Instead of 1, I’ll do “Don’t binge drink”.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, they did. And he’s sooo cute.
Next year I should have another second cousin, which will be nice. He’s due in April.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

Again, didn’t really get to go abroad this year despite a planned trip to Ireland in November. I did spend a day in Scotland though. Hopefully I’ll be able to get away in 2006.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?

Hmmm. Can’t use the same answer from previous years now. To be honest, I really don’t know – all I can think of are little material things that I probably don’t need anyway, like a new iPod, new laptop…

7. What date(s) from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Meeting Hari in October (because she’s wonderful), the Make Poverty History demo in July (because it was such a big and positive event), my election campaign in March (because I learned a lot and didn’t come out as badly as I’d feared).

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


9. What was your biggest failure?

Not getting a 2:1 or first class honours in my degree.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Just lots of colds. :-/

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Mac Mini 🙂 . Probably followed by my digital camera.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

I’m tempted to say all my friends again. They’ve been execellent this year.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

George W Bush. Need I say more?
Oh, and the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Like last year, the pub and Apple Computer. But also the University of Bradford now that I’m paying part of my fees myself, eBay, and on stuff with Hari.

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

Christmas, the beach party, my Mac Mini and Hari. Essentially the same as last year, except last year it was an iPod and I didn’t know Hari.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?

“Mr Brightside” by The Killers.

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

happier or sadder?
Quite a bit happier.
thinner or fatter?
I think I’m a bit thinner.
richer or poorer?
Probably a bit richer (in terms of money in the bank) but I’m still in debt since I owe the student loans company £9000 now.

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

Time with Hari. And free time in general.

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

Playing Solitaire and Freecell. Again…

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I make this mistake every year don’t I? Oh well, I spent it with my family again. It was nice to see them all again, especially my grandparents.

21. Who deleted question 21?


22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

Erm, yeah, just a bit…

23. How many one-night stands?

None at all.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

I was really impressed at the revival of Doctor Who this year. I’ve also been enjoying the new series of Family Guy, Top Gear, Have I Got News For You and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (now that’s available here).

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

No, not really.

26. What was the best book you read?

Books?!?!? That’s so ‘old media’!
Erm, well, I enjoyed Hacking Movable Type. Haven’t really read any fiction this year… again…

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Probably We Are Scientists and the Kaiser Chiefs.

28. What did you want and get?

A new mobile phone (again), a Mac Mini and some other stuff.

29. What did you want and not get?

Once again, world peace has failed to materialise, and I didn’t get a pony either. Hmph.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. But the new Harry Potter film was good too.

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

Not a lot, since it was the exam period and there was a big football game on. I was 21.

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

Meeting Hari earlier in the year.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?

Same as usual.

34. What kept you sane?

My friends and hobbies.

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

Kirsten Dunst still. Though Charlotte Church is nice.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Probably equality and anti-racism, but Fairtrade was up there too.

37. Who did you miss?

My former housemate Jamie who’s now in France.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Again, Hari, but there were plenty of others.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.

I learned that I can’t drink lager quickly and still expect to be able to stand up.

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

“I’m coming out of my cage, and I’m doing just fine” – Mr Brightside, by The Killers.


  1. BTW, like the new look! It looks a bit lopsided though. Maybe the menu could be centred and the search box moved to below the main menu.

  2. Don’t like the new look, though I’m sure it will higher your CTR!

  3. End of the year quiz

    I found this on Neil’s World – and thought I’d give it a go for myself:
    1.What did you do in 2005 that you

  4. Love the quiz, but have to admit the design looks a bit clunky…

  5. I don’t like the look either, but I read things via rss so it doesn’t matter much to me.

  6. it’s either late, or really really early

    Stolen from Neil! With love!
    1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?
    Got rather inebriated.
    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    My resolutions are always:
    Not to make any resolutions…