Review of the Year 2006
01 What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Went to Austria and ate proper Sachertorte. And saw a personal shopper (in London, not in Austria). Gosh, I'm a shallow human being, aren't I?
02 Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't usually make any, and don't plan to change that this year.
03 Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, several friends of mine sprogged this year. I think there's been some sort of secret collective agreement that they never want to go to the pub ever again. Bah. Clearly their priorities in life are All Wrong (TM).
04 Did anyone close to you die?
A colleague from work was killed in a road traffic accident a few months back. We weren't close but it was a real shock and everyone at my office was very shaken up about it, not surprisingly.
05 What countries did you visit?
06 What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A new job, a self-cleaning house, an attractively buttocked male companion, a TARDIS... all the usual stuff.
07 What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Can't really think of one.
08 What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I wrote and drew some amusing things, or at least I like to think so.
09 What was your biggest failure?
STILL haven't changed jobs. Grrrr.
10 Did you suffer illness or injury?
11 What was the best thing you bought?
I got some rather nice clothes.
12 Whose behaviour merited celebration?
John Barrowman, for his sterling efforts to raise the levels of filth on British television.
13 Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The government of this country and the government of several other countries.
14 Where did most of your money go?
Eating out in nice places.
15 What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16 What song will always remind you of 2006?
Maybe "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria"? Gosh, I'm SO cutting-edge.
17 Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same, I reckon.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same, I
c) richer or poorer? About the same,
18 What do you wish you'd done more of?
Drinking fine wines, eating good food and chatting with stimulating and amusing company. I did do some of that, of course, but more is always welcome.
19 What do you wish you'd done less of?
Dull work-related stuff.
20 How did you spend Christmas?
In the ancestral homelands of the North.
21 "There is no question 21"
Oh, shut up.
22 Did you fall in love in 2006?
23 How many one-night stands?
None. And even when/if this situation ever changes, you won't be reading about it here. Not unless there's a REALLY good anecdote attached, anyway.
24 What was your favourite TV programme?
Oh, the usual rubbish. Life on Mars, Green Wing... Torch-thingy...
25 Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, but I hate all the ones I already hated with equal vitriol.
26 What was the best book you read?
I discovered the Worrals books. Flying helmets and celebratory ginger beer all round!
27 What was your greatest musical discovery?
A compilation album of 60s and 70s folk music called Gather in the Mushrooms, which a mate recommended to me. It's great.
28 What did you want and get?
A properly satisfying end to A Series of Unfortunate Events.
29 What did you want and not get?
A properly satisfying second series of Doctor Who. Although, as a result of this disappointment, my expectations for Torchwood were pretty low (and summarized as "Totty! Give me totty!!"), so that's probably why I'm so fond of it. And hey, my expectations for DW series 3 are equally low, so that's hopefully a good thing too.
30 What was your favourite film of this year?
It's hard to pick a stand-out, but I enjoyed Volver in a Spanish way, La Tourneuse de Pages in a French way, and Snakes on a Plane in a sugar-fuelled silliness way.
31 What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 35, and I went down the slides at the Tate Modern, and drank cocktails (NOT at the same time).
32 What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My own personal Ianto.
33 How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
a) It's worth spending quite a lot of money on clothes if they make you look really good.
b) Skirts are not the work of Satan.
34 What kept you sane?
Good cake, good mates, and the skin of my teeth.
35 Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36 What political issue stirred you the most?
The right to ogle John Barrowman's bum isn't a political issue, is it?
37 Whom did you miss?
Christopher Eccleston. *sniff*
38 Who was the best new person you met?
I met several brand new people, or babies as they are called. It would be unfair to single one out for special praise, though.
39 Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
The way to wear longer-length tops and jumpers is to pull them on quickly and then resist the urge to spend all night fiddling with the excess fabric. Just believe you look stylish, it's much easier on the nerves.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
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Right, we're now off to my friend's house for a sedate evening of wine, aubergines and the turning of the midnight hour, so happy 2007 to all those about to celebrate and sweet dreams to all those having an early night...