End of the Year meme 2011
What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Went to an air show (Shoreham, as it happens). I didn't get to see the Vulcan though, as that was grounded for some reason or other. They did have the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight turn up and do a flypast, though due to current safety regs they're no longer allowed to fly over the crowd.
...unless you happen to be (as I was a year or two back) on top of Ditchling Beacon while one of the south coast airshows is on, and the BBMF Lancaster decides to head out over the South Downs. That was quite something, seeing this beefy four-engined bomber trundling around not that high above you.
Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Given that I'm writing this in 2013 and can't remember what my 2012 resolutions are, how am I supposed to know what my 2011 ones were?
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, a friend of mine from HTS gave birth that year.
Did anyone close to you die?
Unfortunately, also yes. A friend from church where I grew up took his own life back in January 2011.
Which countries did you visit?
As usual, I was boring and stayed in Blighty.
What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More exploring? I think I actually achieved some of that in 2012.
What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
4th June, when pleaseremove (who I've known on and off pretty much forever) got married.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Still being employed in the recession.
What was your biggest failure?
Still no PhD or Masters. One day...
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing spectacular, just the annual flu bug doing the rounds.
What was the best thing you bought?
I did get given a Kindle, does that count?
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Operation Cup of Tea, the response to the riots.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The London rioters in the middle of 2011.
The new local supermarket for keeping everyone up at silly o'clock with resurfacing. Couldn't they do it on a Saturday?
Where did most of your money go?
As usual to a combination of my landlord and HM Treasury.
What were you really, really, really excited about?
What song will always remind you of 2011?
At pleaseremove's wedding, one of the songs was Give Thanks. Later on at the reception there was a DJ, and after playing increasingly tacky pop he ended up putting Go West on (in retrospect it was inevitable, given that he'd already played the YMCA song). It's not something I'd ever realised before, but Go West and Give Thanks have the same tune.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
That year had its ups and downs, but I think I was about the same.
b) Bigger or smaller?
I don't know, I'm writing this a year later than I should have!
c) Richer or poorer?
Well, the bank balance is still going up but so is inflation. Probably richer.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exploring, as always.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
How did you spend Christmas?
Back in Horsham with family and grandparents.
What was your favourite month of 2011?
One of 'em, I'm not sure which.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Doctor Who, Merlin, Downton Abbey
How did you see in the New Year?
As I recall, we spent it with the Poons (old family friends). We chatted, had a nice supper, let off some indoor fireworks (damned hard to get hold of these days), and generally had fun.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Well, I already hated the political parties so it's hard to improve on that.
What was the best book you read?
/me checks the library history
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, which can only be described as a fantasy setting of Ocean's Eleven.
The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. They're quite short stories compared to the usual doorstoppers I trip across, but to make up for that there's about a dozen of 'em. Good fun, and very readable.
I think that was also the year I discovered Brandon Sanderson. His books are generally fantasy and tend to be reasonably fast-paced - good ones to read are Elantris and the Mistborn series. They also like to play with the usual plotlines - for example, the series I mentioned starts with the premise of "what if the dark one wins?"
What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm not sure if there were any new artists in my collection that year.
What did you want and get?
I dunno, shinyness? The Kindle wasn't on my list so it doesn't really count for this section.
What did you want and not get?
There can never be too much chocolate :)
What was your favourite film of this year?
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
What did you do on your birthday?
Presents! Presumably other stuff as well, but I forget what.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
The aforementioned suicide not having happened.
What kept you sane?
As always friends, family, a well-stocked MP3 player, and plenty of chocolate.
Which celebrity/public figure did you
Whichever one was the least stupid. Okay, that's a bit unfair - some of them actually have their head screwed on straight.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Pass. Probably the stupidity of the riots.
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Don't wait until 2013 before filling in the answers to one of these memes.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
One of these years I'll actually answer this one!