01 What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Dyed my hair because the encroaching greyness was getting too much for me.
02 Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any last year, so that was easy. I'm not making any this year either, so that's even easier.
03 Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, some mates of mine became the first people I know well to have a baby. On the whole, I'm coping with it much better than I thought I would.
04 Did anyone close to you die?
05 What countries did you visit?
allemande-land, formerly known as Germany.
06 What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A self-cleaning house, and an interesting job that doesn't make me want to hide under my duvet and refuse to come out.
07 What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Apart from the obvious newsworthy ones, I can't really think of any.
08 What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I wrote some things that I think were pretty funny. (Modest as ever, me.)
09 What was your biggest failure?
I still have the same job as last year, because a better one has singularly failed to turn up.
10 Did you suffer illness or injury?
11 What was the best thing you bought?
A digital camera. Now I just have to get better at taking pictures with it.
12 Whose behaviour merited celebration?
The people of London, who, when faced with adversity, simply put the kettle on, made a slightly stronger than usual cup of tea, and got on with it.
13 Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The government of this country, and the government of several other countries, and various other people.
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 2005?
"Oh My God" by the Kaiser Chiefs.
17 Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? You know, I think I am a smidge thinner.
c) richer or poorer? Probably richer, since last year I bought a flat and so was relatively poverty-stricken. Gosh, happier, thinner and richer all in one year. Qui l'eût cru?
18 What do you wish you'd done more of?
19 What do you wish you'd done less of?
Watching reality TV.
20 How will you be spending Christmas?
In the ancestral homelands of the North.
21 "There is no question 21"
This joke isn't improving with age, is it?
22 Did you fall in love in 2005?
23 How many one-night stands?
None. You know, one of these years I'm going to write 147 in this box, and then there'll be a scandal.
24 What was your favourite TV programme?
Some obscure thing that the BBC put on, something about a bloke in a box. And a girl, and another bloke, and they all ran around snogging each other. You probably didn't see it, though.
25 Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I was all ready to answer No to this question, and then someone reminded me that work always brings an endless parade of egotistically talentless incompetents for me to deal with. And my vitriol is doubled by the fact that I'm obliged to pretend to be nice to them. Argh.
26 What was the best book you read?
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I read lots of books this year, but too many of them were disappointing.
27 What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I am a mezzosoprano.
28 What did you want and get?
This morning, I happened to find a sparkly necklace that I thought I'd lost (and once discussed in a previous Sunday Six). It turned out to be shoved in a small pocket at the bag of a toiletry bag, tucked right in the bottom of my bathroom storage unit. I have no idea how it got there. But I'm very happy to see it again.
29 What did you want and not get?
Another season of Christopher Eccleston. Sniffle.
30 What was your favourite film of this year?
Wallace and Gromit in Curse of the Wererabbit, because I am so demanding and sophisticated, and it had BUNNIES. If you're into the subtitled and arty, then Night Watch was also good.
31 What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 34, and I spent most of the day with a hangover from going out the day before. But I did have a very nice lunch in a restaurant with friends and then went to see the Wallace and Gromit movie.
32 What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A self-cleaning house. Another season of Christopher Eccleston. And a Captain Jack of my very own.
33 How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
a) Little velvet jackets are good. b) If you can't run from turquoise blue, embrace it.
34 What kept you sane?
The infallible measuring sticks provided by allemande and livii... ;-)
35 Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36 What political issue stirred you the most?
Christopher Eccleston leaving Doctor Who is not a political issue, is it?
37 Whom did you miss?
Perhaps a better question would be, whom did I hit?
38 Who was the best new person you met?
Joseph, my friends' baby, who is an entirely new person in every way. He's still at the rather dull stage, but I'm sure he'll grow up to be fascinating, just give him sixteen years or so.
39 Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
Sometimes you can get babies to shut up by blowing on their faces. Only sometimes, though.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I lost my heart to a starship trooper / Hand in hand we'll conquer space...."
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And on that note, I shall bid you all a happy festive season. I am about to decamp to the North until Tuesday. They do have internet access in the ancestral homelands, however, so I may pop in briefly, perhaps with a smattering of Christmas Invasion post-match analysis