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Looking Back at 2008
Member Name: mpamike5
Looking Back at 2008
Date: 04/01/09, updated on 04/01/09 (85 review reads)
Advantages: My lovely family
Disadvantages: The greedy Energy Companies and losing Woolworths
1) What did you do in 2008 that you have not done before?
Well, I got on an aeroplane for the first time in 10 years (does this count?).
2) Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sons partner gave birth to my beautiful grand daughter in2007, and my daughter announced that she was pregnant and due to give birth in 2009 (I don't think this counts either)
3) Did anyone close to you die?
4) What countries did you visit?
Cyprus (on vacation); France, Holland, Germany, Spain (on business)
5) What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008
More hair on my head. It gets really cold in winter and I look stupid in a hat.
6) What days will you remember from 2008
Birthdays, Xmas, my sons engagement party, my family holiday in Cyprus and my daughters announcement.
7) Did you suffer any Illness or injury
Thankfully nothing serious
8) What was the best thing that you bought
My 24" IMAC. No more viruses!
9) Who's Behaviour has Merited Celebration
My grand daughter. She started calling me Pappou (means Grandad in Greek)
10) Who's behaviour made you appalled and depressed
BT, British Gas, all the other Gas Companies, and all those greedy Bankers (did i spell it right?)
11) Where did most of your money go?
Extending and developing my house, basically making it into two homes. My beautiful grand daughter lives right next door!
12) What did you get really excited about
The family holiday, and every Friday coming home to see my family for the weekend
13) what song will you remember from 2008
'If i were a boy' by Beyonce (so glad she isn't)
14) Compared to this time last year are you ... happier, fitter, more productive
Not much different to last year in all categories but i will be getting fitter, ready to look my slimmest best at my sons wedding in July.
15) What do you wish you had done more of
Walking. I drive to the hotel, then take a taxi to and from work, and walk just a few steps to my favourite restaurants. 2009 will see me walking to work.
16) What do you wish you had done less of
Sitting on a chair in my hotel room.
17) What was your favourite television programme
Match Of The Day 2 (especially on the rare occasions that Spurs didn't lose).
18) Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate last year
Not really. I developed a strong dislike for Bankers, and the bosses of Energy companies, and i still get angry when I think about what happened last year but hating is a very short term emotion for me.
19) what has been the best book of 2008
i read three of Dan Browns books last year. The best was Angels and Demons
20) What was your greatest musical discovery
That i wasn't the worlds worst singer. Did you see some of the hopefuls on X Factor?
21) What did you really want to get in 2008
Good news on the News Programmes. They seem to love telling us about the bad things.
22) What did you want but didn't get
Gritters on the icy roads in Birmingham. The signs were up saying 'Gritting in Progress' but no gritters. Do they really exist?
23) What was your favourite film of the year
I don't watch too many films. in fact I can't remember any other one, so it has to be Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto'
24) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you.
Dinner with all my family in one of my favourite restaurants in Beaconsfield where I live. The waiters/waitresses congregated round the table after the main course and started singing "happy birthday..." i turned round to see whose birthday it was, and my wife started laughing at me. "I knew you had too much wine!"
She remembers everything, so I'll ask her how old I am and let you know!
25) Who was the best person you met
The Cypriot policeman in Paralimni. It was late and we were trying to find our hotel in Protaras after a long day of traveling. I went in to get directions, and he said (in Greek) "didn't I arrest you earlier for dangerous driving" I understand Greek very well but can't speak it too well, so I answered in English "Yes but i escaped and now I'm lost."...."You are lost? Why you are lost"..."Where you want to go?"
Needless to say his directions weren't much good either.
26) Tell us a valuable lesson that you learned in 2008?
Never ask for directions in Cyprus. Everywhere in Cyprus is "Behine thee beeg hotel, neearr thee bitch".
Summary: The country of my birth is full of beeg hotels, and the bitches are littered with fag ends.