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2009, the year I became older and celebs became younger
Review of the Year 2009
Member Name: ms_memory
Review of the Year 2009
What did you do in 2009 that you have not done before?
Appeared briefly on TV. Went on holiday with just my dad and nobody else. Accidentally woke up during an operation - ouch!! Met Prince Charles. Visited the V&A in London. Went to a fashion show in a smokers' club (not all on the same day!)
Did anyone close to you give birth?
A friend did, just missing my birthday!
What countries did you visit?
Erm... the Czech Republic, Spain.... I think that was it. I was pretty restrained in 2009.
What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Balance - in life, and literally.
What dates will you remember from 2009?
31st December. I don't always do NYE, but 2009's was fun.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness, yes, but I don't think I got the swine flu.
What was the best thing you bought?
Probably a really good camera. I'm not usually bothered about gadgets but this was great - and I researched it on dooyoo before buying, so thanks! But the best 'things' I buy are usually experiences rather than objects - like holidays for instance.
Whose behavior has merited celebration?
I heard an interview with a man who sailed round the world despite being paralysed, but I can't remember his name unfortunately. He has an amazing and inspiring outlook on life
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
It's not one specific person, but every time I hear about someone who has killed or injured another person while driving under the influence of alcohol it makes me furious. A completely unnecessary death caused by sheer arrogance on the part of the driver. Sadly cases like this happen every single year.
Where did most of your money go?
To myself! For future use ;)
What did you get really excited about?
True Blood series 1 and 2. Had me speaking in a southern US accent for weeks.
What song(s) will you remember from 2009?
Didn't really follow any new bands this years, but Bad Things will remind me of 2009 (see question above).
Compared to this time last year are you... happier, fitter, or more productive?
All three! It's amazing, but has taken some effort.
What do you wish you had done more of?
Used that gym membership. Still, there's no time like the present.
What do you wish you had done less of?
Since I didn't do anything really bad last year, it's better to concentrate on the present and the future.
What was your favourite TV programme?
I loved True Blood, though it took me a while to get into and I didn't like the first episode at all. Peep Show was disappointing - they should have called it a day after Series 5. And facile as it is, I quite liked Inbetweeners Series 2.
What's been the best book of 2009?
The best one I read was Ghosts of Spain, by Giles Tremlett (though it was published in 2006). The worst was probably Twilight... sorry!
What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I can play the hunting horn!
What did you want to get in 2009?
More sleep. I didn't, though.
What did you want and didn't get?
I wanted to get back the money I was owed by a hostel that cancelled my booking at the last minute then refused to refund my deposit. I did in the end, though it took until 2010. That's perseverance for you.
What is your favourite film of the year?
Let's see.... I enjoyed Up. But my favourite was probably Gigante (to be reviewed soon).
What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
Went to the theatre and for dinner.
I turned 30 this year and was puzzled to discover that I am now older than several female celebrities who used to be the same age as or older than me! The poor dears seem to get stuck around 28.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably education policy. I see the problems the current system is causing on a daily basis.
Who was the best person you met?
Friends and family who live far away - I appreciate them more every time I see them.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?
You only have one life, so live it the way that's best for you!
Summary: A quiet but enjoyable year