My Year In Review: 2021

It’s taken me until 2022 to do this. But as I feel like 2022 is just a second sequel to 2020, I’m doing this more out of tradition and ritual. It’s always interesting to look back on these many years later.

What, for you, was the high point of 2021? Were there any other highlights?

Though 2021 was a lot less traumatic, it was extremely depressing. It’s hard to look back on and think of highlights. But there were a few…

  1. Getting to see a charity event I’d helped plan actually happen (like most things it had been postponed in 2020). It was the first in-person mass participation event our charity had staff at, so that was really exciting.
  2. Hosting 2 virtual events – the first being my friend’s 50th birthday (with a surprise guest her husband had organised!) and then that same friend’s ‘bookiversary’ open mic spoken word event.
  3. Meeting some wonderful new friends and contacts through a course I’m doing as part of my creative writing certificate run by UCLA Extension.
  4. Kind friends who let me stay in their homes in July so I could get a change of scenery, see my Mum for her birthday and socialise with friends I hadn’t seen more safely.

What, for you, was the low point of 2021?

Early into 2021, I sunk into a very scary place that was caused by stress, childhood trauma, feeling completely devalued at work, and also triggered by other health issues that have been going on for several years that have had treatment delays or been difficult to treat due to the pandemic.

There was also Storm Arwen, that was closely followed by snow and Storm Barra. The devastation the storms caused is still felt in the NE Scotland.

If I hadn’t had some really great friends who dragged me through, plus the new lease of life I got from hosting the virtual events and starting to write again – I don’t think I’d be here to be honest.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

Once again, I was reminded I have incredible friends. My little Aberdeen bubble have been a lifeline through a long 4 month lockdown where we couldn’t go out our local authority area, and taking care of me through sedations and vaccine side effects! I learned that I’m much more skilled than I had realised, and that many people who are paid more have less knowledge than experience for their jobs. I learned that I’m still good at epidemiology. I learned of more friends were transphobic and homophobic, but was also amazed to discover people I thought might be but weren’t. I also learned so much about screenwriting, picturebook writing and Facebook fundraising.

Who would be your “person of 2021”? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

I have been so inspired by some of my classmates at UCLA Extension. Our Picturebook 1 course group was just the best.

What was the best film you saw this year?

Until last month I would have said In The Heights, but then I saw Lin Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut film which trumped it.

So Tick, Tick… BOOM!

And what was the worst?

Hell or High Water. I had to watch it for a class, and I really got quite annoyed by several of the tropes portrayed in it. I think I ended up fast forwarding through bits so it would be over faster!

What was the best book you read?

I really struggled to read books this year, due to ongoing health issues that made it really tough to concentrate or stay awake enough to take in what I was reading.

However, for one of my courses I ended up reading over 100 Picturebooks in a 10 week period. Some of the faves I read were Rabbityness by Jo Empson, Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind and Paul Zelinksy.

For adults, my favourite was probably Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

What was the best TV show you watched?

It’s A Sin.

Closely followed by Ted Lasso and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Honourable mentions to Brooklyn 99, Saturday Night Live (the writing is on fire this season), Marvellous Mrs Maisel, The Big Scottish Book Club, The Mandalorian, Wandavision and The Babysitters Club.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2021?

Max Whitlock winning another Gold, and Simone Biles being so courageous to share about the reality of the ‘twisties’ and how many athletes stood up for her when ignorant journalists and celebrities spouted off in their ignorance. Her Bronze on Beam was a Gold in my eyes.

What was the best album or song you heard in 2021? What song did you play most?

At the end of the year, I finally got a copy of Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me album on vinyl. It is just so lush. I also really enjoyed Foofighter’s Medicine at Midnight album and the Tick, Tick… BOOM soundtrack.

The song I played the most on spotify was apparently When the Morning Comes by Hall and Oates again!

What is the podcast you’ve listen to most in 2021?

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

What are you looking forward to in 2022?

I am really hoping that this year I’ll be able to spend time with my younger sister and brother, and that I’ll be able to get a job with a higher salary and be able to sell my flat and move to East Lothian or Newcastle. We have a second charity challenge event planned in Wales. I’m looking forward to the UCLA Writers Studio workshop class I’ll be taking at the end of February. Maybe seeing friends in Manchester in March and if it goes ahead as planned, going to the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool for a couple of days with a friend.

I never got to smoosh my friends’ babies in 2021 or get a passport, so… we’ll see!

My Year In Review: 2020

It seems like utter foolishness to do my annual ‘year in review’ post. But should I live more years, I imagine ‘future me’ would be annoyed if I left a year out of my tradition even during a global pandemic.

So here goes…

What, for you, was the high point of 2020? Were there any other highlights?

Moving back to my own home and having my own space. It’s funny actually to look back on what were highlights. Highlights have been doing the first part of the Shakespeare’s Way, a couple of successful events at work (in the midst of lots of lost income due to cancelled events), the day I got to walk in the park with my friends after months of not seeing anyone I knew in person, receiving fun post from friends far away, our Zoom ‘Qually’ night with the Guides, seeing the messages and pictures of my friends’ kids far away enjoying the bedtime stories I did for the 2.6 Challenge, the weekend that I finally got the sofa built, living room curtains hung & pictures on my walls thanks to my wonderful friend who came up to visit just before Aberdeen went back into lockdown.

What, for you, was the low point of 2020?

Losing our wonderful friend Tor when she died of ovarian cancer in May. My friend’s baby being diagnosed with cancer and then not being able to so much as hug my friend or her family or our other friends at the funeral. All the many times this year a loved one (friend or family) has been going through hell and they’ve either not being able to face talking over the phone or all you’ve been able to do is listen to their tears with the knowledge you can’t go physically near them. Oh, and Brexit. That was a fun addition.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

I learned who my friends were. I learned that I have more racist friends than I realised. I learned that small things can make things a little better. I learned that having my own home is key to my mental wellbeing. And I learned that I’d retained way more epidemiology knowledge that I thought from my undergraduate degree.

Who would be your “person of 2020”? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

Professor Devi Sridhar.

It’s a shame the UK and Scottish Governments didn’t heed her advice and warnings.

What was the best film you saw this year?

I think way back in January I went to see Little Women which I loved. I’m not usually a fan of period dramas, but Greta Gerwig’s retelling I loved, and it led me to discovering more about Louisa May Alcott.

I also really liked Soul.

And what was the worst?

Spinster could have been really good, but just lacked some challenge and storytelling.

What was the best book you read?

It was really fun to do the 26 Bedtime Stories on facebook lives during the spring lockdown. I think The Book with No Pictures and A Bear Called Paddington were the most popular books.

The two best books I read were How Much Is A Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander and I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite.

What was the best TV show you watched?

It’s a three way tie between Brooklyn Nine Nine, Schitt’s Creek and Ted Lasso.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2020?

I mean it was the Olive and Mabel dog food eating race, right?

It is strange to think how I did not spend the summer glued to the Tokyo Olympics, or stay up late to follow the NCAAs on twitter in April, to watch probably one of the best Senior classes UCLA Gymnastics has ever had complete their college careers.

What was the best album or song you heard in 2020? What song did you play most?

I listened to the Clouds movie soundtrack and Joanna Newsom’s Divers album A LOT.

My most played song was ‘When the Morning Comes’ by Hall & Oates.

What is the podcast you’ve listen to most in 2020?

Zach and Donald kept me company with their ‘Fake Doctors, Real Friends‘ podcast for the first few months before Scottish Government allowed single people to form extended households.

What are you looking forward to in 2021?

I hope that I will get to hug my friends, I hope to go see In The Heights at the cinema, I hope that I will be climbing Ben Nevis in June, I hope to get to smoosh my friends’ new babies and visit people. I hope to get a passport and be able to travel to visit friends and family in other parts of Europe.

My year in review: 2019

This is something I do every year (although I think I never got round to it last year as I was feeling so crummy after Christmas), and always answer the same questions.  My year in review…

What, for you, was the high point of 2019? Were there any other highlights?

I’ll answer with this:

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Going for my first proper chilled out do nothing holiday since 2012. A week in a rented holiday home which had a 2 paddocks with alpacas opposite the front door. Without friends, going on holidays like this aren’t really possible (as it costs so much and as a socially anxious extravert – I’m miserable when it comes to being in strange places alone).

Other highlights included: going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with Becca (a long time blog pal!), getting to help judge a teddy bear parachute competition for charity, my sister’s 3rd wedding actually going ahead (see low points for more details on why 3 weddings were planned!) and an amazing young leaders training weekend with Girlguiding Edinburgh.

And Trikafta – this time of year always makes me think of Eva Markvoort, in fact 10 years ago was her last Sing for CF which she did online so we could all join in from around the world. This video from a person with CF who I wasn’t familiar with kept popping up in my ‘recommended videos’ on YouTube. Sadly, most of the bloggers I knew with CF are no longer here anymore.  It’s just…well… it’s emotional. Tricia Lawrenson posted this recently via their old facebook page. There are people I got to know online who had CF who are no longer here and it sucks that this treatment didn’t come on time for them. But it gives me hope that maybe I really will hear the word ‘CF stands for Cure Found’ in my lifetime.

It also gives me more hope for more and better treatments being found for childhood cancers.

What, for you, was the low point of 2019?

There have been quite a few low points. A cousin ending up in the ICU. A skin cancer scare. Reflux. More reflux. And some more reflux.  More than one friend losing a child. Another friend’s child coming very close to dying. The outcome of elections and seeing the world regress and bring racism out into the open. Oh, and Brexit nonsense – which meant we had to cancel and replan my sister’s wedding 1 month before since no one had thought through visa processes.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

  • I should never miss a dose of my reflux medication.
  • How to deal with having a menstrual cycle.
  • I will never own a home in my home city unless I win the lottery or get married to someone who also works full-time.

Who would be your “person of 2019″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

I don’t think there has been a person this year that I have found hugely inspiring.

What was the best film you saw this year?

I’ve lost all my cinema buddies, so saw very few films I wanted to see this year. I finally got to see Five Feet Apart now that it’s on netflix, and it was far better than I had hoped.

And what was the worst?

I’m not sure!

What was the best book you read?

Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

What was the best thing you saw on TV/TV show on Netflix?

A documentary made by Adam Hills about the Warrington Wolves PDRL team. If you have All4  it’s called Adam Hills: Take His Legs. I’m not a rugby fan, but have watched it twice – it’s that good, and wonderfully uplifting.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2019?

Watching Kyla Ross totally bossing it with getting perfect 10s on all 4 events throughout the season. And all the Team GB gymnasts grabbing more bling at the World Championships. I was so pleased to see Becky Downie getting her uneven bars medal after cheering her on for so many years!

What was the best album or song you heard in 2019? What song did you play most?

 Shockingly, I don’t think I’ve downloaded any music to my iPod this year apart from a couple of songs to learn for surf camp.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I’m looking forward to this film coming out:

A year in review: 2018

This is something I do every year, and always answer the same questions. I might come up with different ones for next year. My year in review…

What, for you, was the high point of 2018? Were there any other highlights?

This year there weren’t really huge highs and lows – which is unusual for the life of Brunette Koala. I was given a full time permanent contract with one of my jobs, which was a huge highlight, but bittersweet because it meant leaving a job I also loved. I got to see Dorset for the first time and celebrate my youngest godson’s birthday with him for the first time (I hope I’ll get to do that in future years too!). Surf camp this year was an incredible week. Every camp has been a highlight, but this year seemed particularly special for some reason.

What, for you, was the low point of 2018?

A lot of my friends have gone through horrible things this year. And I hate seeing my friends going through pain and knowing that I’m helpless to halt that pain from happening.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

To try and have a little more confidence in my own abilities.

 Who would be your “person of 2018″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

Rachael Denhollander – and many other courageous women who made sure that victims of a certain US Olympic Team Doctor were heard. Rachael and her husband, Jacob have also not limited it to the gymnastics community but continue to speak out about other sexual abuse cover ups in the church, athletics and beyond.

What was the best film you saw this year?

Bohemian Rhapsody

Someone give Rami Malek an Oscar please! (And I hope the cast win the SAG Cast award, because they were all excellent).

And what was the worst?

Christopher Robin.

I really wanted to love it, and there was some great acting. However it simply lacked story.

What was the best book you read?

I read some amazing books this year. I think my favourite was The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George. Though Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born A Crime and Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir, I Am I Am I Am were also ones I feasted on and completely ignored tasks because I couldn’t put them down!

What was the best thing you saw on TV?

This Is Us.

Annoyingly the Season 2 boxset is not out yet in the UK. WHAT THE FRICK?!

Jane The Virgin and One Day At A Time I have watched over and over while I’m waiting for the next seasons to appear on Netflix. I’m also liking The Good Place.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2018?

UCLA Bruins winning the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. I’m so sad that Miss Val will be leaving after this season. Their team videographer, Deanna Hong (do check out her work on YouTube) is leaving too and not sure what I’ll do without her videos to keep up with everything on this side of the Atlantic.

What was the best album or song you heard in 2018? What song did you play most?

The Greatest Showman soundtrack has been there all year. This Is Me is my fave song.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

Seeing what the year brings. I’m hoping to go visit my friend in March, but actually have no plans for next year yet.

2017: My year in review

This is something I do every year, and always answer the same questions. I might come up with different ones for next year. My year in review…

What, for you, was the high point of 2017? Were there any other highlights?

I think without a doubt a day in May when I got offered two jobs in the space of 30 minutes. I was so incredibly depressed and miserable and I can’t believe how different my life is as a result. To be part of a church again, to be able to drive my own car, to be able to afford clothes and shoes when mine have disintegrated…it’s just such a privilege I hope I never take for granted. Not only that but I work with the most amazing people and they have been so incredibly encouraging, kind and supportive. I also had a lovely chilled out birthday  – my friend’s daughter baked me a cake the night before and on the day my Mum and my friend Vicky and her two kids all drove to Alnwick to spend the day at Alnwick Castle and a stop in Barter Books, something I’d wanted to do for such a long time.

What, for you, was the low point of 2017?

There have been a few. The first five months of the year were tough going and I was growing increasingly miserable. My Dad being diagnosed with skin cancer. A week in December where friends lost kids in their family quite suddenly and unexpectedly. Having a breakdown in October. Having to make the decision to shut down the Ranger Guide unit.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

To find joy in the small things.

 Who would be your “person of 2017″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

I’ve been inspired by so many women this year, from women finding courage to speak out about sexual assault they experienced that I don’t know personally, to women marching in response to the rise of racism, sexism and fascism, to the grace and strength of many of my female friends.

What was the best film you saw this year?

Hidden Figures.

How the ding dong heck did none of us know these incredible women’s stories?! (I mean I know why…but grrr it makes me angry).

And what was the worst?

I so rarely go to the cinema, that it’s rare that I go to see a film that turns out to be crap. This year I saw Hidden Figures, La La Land, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and The Greatest Showman and I loved them all!

What was the best book you read?

There have been many, but my favourite was probably Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham.

What was the best thing you saw on TV?

This year I discovered two great shows on Netflix. Jane The Virgin and One Day At A Time. I genuinely can’t pick between them. But I think Gloria Kellett Calderon knows how much I love them.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2017?

This year has been so hectic I’ve barely had time to even follow gymnastics. But seeing some great floor routines from the UCLA Bruins, and the GB team doing a great job at Worlds.


What was the best album or song you heard in 2016? What song did you play most?

This year it’s all been about the musical. So Hamilton is still played often, along with In The Heights and I just downloaded The Greatest Showman soundtrack and I’ve been playing it all day!

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

Going to see Hamilton in London with the lovely Ruth. Cheering on some charity runners doing the Edinburgh Marathon (and maybe the London Marathon too). There are going to be tough times ahead, but I think there’s going to be lots of things to find joy in too.

2016: My Year in Review

What, for you, was the high point of 2016? Were there any other highlights?

There were two high points this year – one was being asked and becoming a godmother for a second time. This was made more special by getting to help a little bit with all the preparations which definitely made me feel more ‘godmothery’. And 8th October when I heard Holly got her transplant call and it was definitely going ahead. The whole day at work I was between manic excitement and tears of anxiety until I heard she was out of surgery.

What, for you, was the low point of 2016?

That would be the last weekend in May. Literally two years to the day I got told that the pregnancy crisis centre was being shut down and I was losing my job, I went into work to find out that our branch was closing and I was losing my job. The organisation I volunteered with failed to give me a letter saying they consented to let me research them for my Masters Research Project, and I found out (a little) of how my tenants had trashed my flat…only for the full extent to be revealed a few weeks later the same week I was interviewed for 3 jobs.

2016 has been one filled with rejection. It’s also been awful from a global standpoint. My losses pale into significance to people in countries that have been destroyed by war, by right wing extremists, racists etc.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

I learned how to chop an onion. I learned how to sew up bears. I learned how to use an overlocker.

I use the term ‘learned’ loosely.

 Who would be your “person of 2016″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

I think it would have to be Jo Cox. I wish I could have met her. I have such admiration for her desire to serve, to reach out and stand against ethnic and cultural prejudice. I also think the way her husband and family have dealt with the loss of their wife/daughter/sister in the public eye with such dignity and grace.

What was the best film you saw this year?

Spotlight

It is a film everyone needs to watch in my opinion. It’s heightened even more my desire to empower young people and children to never be afraid to speak out and stand up for themselves. And to speak up when you think something isn’t quite right.

And what was the worst?

Again, I so rarely get to the cinema now so I tend to choose carefully. I think I saw Star Wars Episode VII, Spotlight, Ghostbusters, Fantastics Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana. They were all great!

What was the best book you read?

It’s tie between Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem.

What was the best thing you saw on TV?

For the first time, I watched The Great British Bake Off this year after meeting Sue Perkins at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and one of the Girlguiding groups I run making me play the part of “Sue” at their own Bake Off Night. (They videoed me. I hope never to see the footage – sorry Sue!). I don’t usually have time to watch it, but when I do catch an episode of QI, I have loved seeing Sandi Toksvig now hosting it. Another awesome lady!

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2016?

I was going NUTS in a queue for an event at the Book Festival when I was following Ollie Williams’ twitter feed reporting live from Rio when Max Whitlock won 2 Gold medals in the space of an hour.

But for me it was all about the Paralympics. Seeing Dame Sarah Storey win even more Gold medals, and Kadeena Cox win Gold medals in two different sports at one Paralympics? That was pretty darned special.

What was the best album or song you heard in 2016? What song did you play most?

Without a doubt Hamilton: An American Musical. The broadway cast recording kept me going throughout a summer where I really struggled to keep going. The songs ‘Alexander Hamilton’ and ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ are probably the most played, and I do have fun playing King George in the car.

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

I’m looking forward to taking some time out to see friends (which I hope to be able to do), writing more and having fun with my new camera.

2015: My year in review

What, for you, was the high point of 2015? Were there any other highlights?

There were two highlights – one was the Guides’ doing their Free Being Me photography project and exhibition. It was a lot of hard work and involved a lot of extra hours, but so worth it. The other was going to see the World Gymnastics Championships in my home country – something I had dreamed of since I was 12.

What, for you, was the low point of 2015?

Unemployment and watching so many lose parents and children.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

 

I learned that I’m terrible at making milk foam, I learned how awful the Job Centre is and that you can work as hard as you like but it’s more about luck and who you know than your abilities. I learned that I still have the ability to rock a baby to sleep, that I can love something I’m not very good at, and that I can still lead worship with my voice.

 Who would be your “person of 2015″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

 

Hmm…I think that Malala Yousafzai continues to keep coming back as my person of the year. Though I’ve been impressed and inspired by Emma Watson too and her He for She campaign.

What was the best film you saw this year?

Inside Out.

It was one of the few times I got to the cinema, and I got it on DVD the day it come out and I’ve watched it several times since.

And what was the worst?

I choose the movies I see very carefully as I so rarely get to the cinema!

What was the best book you read?

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

It really inspired and encouraged me, and had me thinking about everything I’ve learned in the last two years.

What was the best thing you saw on TV?

I still love The Graham Norton Show – it’s really the only thing I’ve watched on TV this year.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2015?

 

Watching our British women win Bronze together at Worlds. I did cry.

What was the best album or song you heard in 2015? What song did you play most?

 

I bought Death Cab for Cutie’s Kintsugi album, then I got to go see them play live in Glasgow in November. It was amazing.

As for the song I’ve played the most it probably ended up being ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson…I don’t know what it is but I can’t not dance to that song.

What are you looking forward to in 2016?

I’m hoping to have more weekends free in 2016…and I’m looking forward to that possibility. And I’m hoping the same as last year – to graduate in December. I got my diploma, now time to get that Masters!

2014 in Review

On my old blog, I had a tradition of answering the same questions each year at the end of the year. I feel it’s a good tradition to uphold, as it helps to give perspective on the year as I had into the next one…!

What, for you, was the high point of 2014? Were there any other highlights?

There were a number of highlights. Erasmus Winter School in Würzburg, Germany. My 30th birthday party which I got to  have with so many of my friends coming together. Easter Sunday breakfast in Davina the Campervan. Visiting my friend in Paris. The Picturebook conference. Having fun at the Edinburgh Festivals with Holly. An unexpected gift at a Book Festival event. Getting to judge the Green Pencil Award. Taking the Guides ice skating at the Edinburgh Christmas Market.

What, for you, was the low point of 2014?

My Dad going in and out of hospital with life threatening conditions is up there, but 6 months of unemployment after being made redundant is probably going to come out the winner just because of the continued state of monotony of the experience.

Tell me some things you learned this year.

I already knew how amazing my friends are, and I feel like this year just reinforced that. While my self esteem has taken a real beating with constant rejection while job hunting (something I had been fortunate enough to never really have experienced before) my friends have constantly encouraged me and helped me create so many fun, silly and fond memories this year that outweigh all the rubbish stuff.

Oh, and I started re-learning Spanish and trying to play a ukulele.

Who would be your “person of 2014″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.

My next door neighbour. She is 97 feisty stubborn and kind woman who is just awesome. This year my Mum brought her down to the War Memorial Service on Remembrance Sunday – and then she told my Mum off for waving at me as I was walking behind the colour party…!

She has had an amazing life, started the Scottish equivalent of the Chelsea Flower Show and never considers herself as ‘old’ and just looks at everything she has the ability to do. She’s even invited the local Girlguiding units I run to come visit her so she can tell them about her life story growing up in the Himalayas and being a nurse in India during WW2. She’s been sick during December (please be thinking of her) and I hope she will be well enough to organise something in the new year.

What was the best film you saw this year?

12 Years A Slave.

No question. The Oscar went to the right movie!

And what was the worst?

I’m trying to remember what other movies I’ve seen – I’m now pretty good at picking movies that are decent to see, and avoiding the bad ones! My brother and stepfather made me watch a movie called Stretch last week which I ended up giving up on and going upstairs to read a book instead. It was awful.

What was the best book you read?

Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech.

The book Laura has written is a wonderfully honest story of how her son, Zach battled osteosarcoma and how the Sobiech family tried to live life while they knew Zach was dying.

What was the best thing you saw on TV?

I’ve been loving The Graham Norton Show. It’s probably the only thing that both my Mum and I enjoy watching, and if we are both in on a Friday night we’ll watch it together.

What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2014?

Max Whitlock getting his All-Around Silver medal at the World Championships. He’s got the closest anyone has ever gotten to Kohei Uchimura – the current king of gymnastics & arguably the best gymnast the world has ever seen.

To have  British gymnasts on the medal podium was unheard of a decade ago!

What was the best album or song you heard in 2014? What song did you play most?

I don’t think I’ve really downloaded or bought any music this year. Those are the sort of luxuries that are simply unaffordable at the moment. 😦

I’ve probably continued to listen to Sam Amidon, Ben Folds, Ben Howard and Noah and The Whale the most!

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

I’m looking forward to hopefully graduating at the end of the year!