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End of Year Quiz 2007

It’s time once again to do the end of year quiz – you can also read answers from 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

The one that sticks out in my mind is that I DJ’d in a nightclub for the first time this year. There’s other things, such as take my driving test (which happened twice and I failed both times, go me…) but DJ’ing was a happier memory.

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

Last year’s resolutions were:

  1. Eat more healthily. Though I had a bad start to the year in this regard, my food consumption has improved over the past six months, with Hari mostly to thank for that.
  2. Do more work. I did do some more work, could have probably done more, but I’ve finished the course anyway now so it doesn’t matter.
  3. Do more exercise. Managed to go walking more often this year so that’s something, but as per usual there’s room for improvement.
  4. Keep my room tidy. Erm, yeah… less said about this the better really. I blame all the decorating.

One of the resolutions I took off for 2007 was ‘don’t binge drink’ and you’ll be pleased to know I didn’t binge at all last year. That might sound boring but neither Hari nor my friends go out to get blathered anymore.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nobody close to me, although a work colleague did.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no, not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

I managed almost a week in Wales in May, but other than that I’ve once again been rooted in England. Hopefully next year we’ll have the money for a weekend in Paris or somewhere.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

A permanent job and a car. I managed the ‘proper job’ bit that I wanted last year, albeit on a temporary basis, and Hari and I are now living together as just the two of us.

7. What date(s) from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Our great weekend in London in February.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting to our second anniversary of being together (Hari and I). After that, blogging for 5 years straight.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Failing my driving test. Twice.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No physical injuries, just one hell of an asthma attack. Thankfully I’m now on new medication that works like a dream.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I didn’t buy any new Apple products this year, other than Leopard, and though it’s nice it’s not the best thing. Technically we’re renting it, but having our own house has been the best thing we’ve ‘bought’ this year.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Again Hari for sticking with me, and my friends for being there. I know it’s basically the same as last year, but meh.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, annoyed me yet again, as did Robert Mugabe (surprised I haven’t mentioned him before actually…)

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mostly on driving lessons and rent. It’s a nice house but it’s not as cheap as where I was living last year, unfortunately.

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

Going to see Avenue Q in London.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?

“Through the Fire and the Flames” by Dragonforce (aka the really hard song from Guitar Hero). It’s one of my most-played songs of the past few months.

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

happier or sadder?
Almost certainly happier.
thinner or fatter?
About the same.
richer or poorer?
About the same, still.

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

Work on my dissertation…

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

Arguing over nothing of any particular importance.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

At home with my parents. Will also be spending some time with Hari’s parents and my friends at New Year.

21. Who deleted question 21?

The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe

22. Did you fall in love in 2007?

I’m already in love with Hari and intend for it to stay that way.

23. How many one-night stands?


24. What was your favourite TV programme?

Again, another good series of Doctor Who, but I’ve also enjoyed Top Gear this year too.

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

Not really. There’s a few people that I don’t really get on with but hate is too strong an emotion.

26. What was the best book you read?

The Guardian Book of April Fool’s Day. But other than that I didn’t read much, other than Wikipedia.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Dragonforce and Paramore are both bands that I want to hear a lot more of.

28. What did you want and get?

A better-paid, proper job.

29. What did you want and not get?

I’m still waiting for that pony…

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

The Simpsons Movie was very good, as was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Haven’t seen The Golden Compass yet.

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

I was 23 – “nobody likes you when you’re 23…” – and we sat out in the sunshine and had a barbecue.

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


33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

Same as usual, but a little bit smarter for work.

34. What kept you sane?

Hari and my friends. They also kept me sufficiently insane too.

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

Had a bit of a thing for Sophia Myles, David Tennant’s ex, and Kate Winslet.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Probably the state of emergency in Pakistan. When the head of the organisation you work for is incarcerated purely for political reasons, it does stir you a bit.

37. Who did you miss?

Some of my friends who have moved away after finishing university.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Some of the new members of the university Hiking club are good, though I wouldn’t really count any of them as close friends unfortunately.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.

Never take a driving test in the late afternoon.

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

“Through the Fire and the Flames we carry on”, I suppose. No matter what life has thrown at me I’ve carried on.

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