2006 Review

I don’t know what happened to the last six months of 2006. January – July passed at the usual speed, then suddenly it was Christmas. I suspect rogue Dalek involvement.


  • Watching Moulin Rouge at a drive-in cinema, even if they did show the reels in the wrong order.
  • A very last minute trip to New York for a date. It didn’t work out, but was worth the attempt. While I was there I got to skate on the Central Park ice rink, a long-time ambition of mine.
  • Arguing a lot about Richard Dawkins on this site, and getting my copy of The Blind Watchmaker signed when he came to my local civic hall.
  • Sitting in the Strictly Come Dancing audience when Mark and Karen did their salsa.
  • Meeting up with fellow bloggers on a number of occasions.
  • Generally coping ok with living on my own.
  • Two dancing weekends, one in Symonds Yat, the other in Blackpool.
  • Writing (the first draft of) a novel.
  • Climbing Snowdon.
  • Ann Druyan leaving a comment on this blog.

Films: Good Night and Good Luck, The Last Kiss, Children of Men, Superman Returns, Team America: World Police, Corpse Bride, Walk the Line.
TV: ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ episode of Doctor Who, and the final five minutes of the second series (I don’t know many people who didn’t cry), Lost, Sports Night, Strictly Come Dancing, The Root of All Evil?, Scrubs, The West Wing, 24, Green Wing.
Books: The End of Faith, The War for Children’s Minds, The Sandman, The God Delusion, Blink, The Tipping Point, Snow Crash, Neverwhere.
Music: The Feeling, Muse, Scissor Sisters.
Theatre: Jerry Springer: The Opera (my review of which got this site banned in libraries), Much Ado About Nothing.
Other: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, too many blogs to mention.


I’m incredibly lucky that there hasn’t been much. We lost the family dog in March, which was dreadful; I upset a couple of people with online comments about religion – I still don’t think I did anything wrong, but I don’t like that it happened; a couple of fallings out with friends that thankfully sorted themselves out; three interviews that didn’t result in jobs…Plenty of people have it far worse.

Resolutions for 2007:

  • Write more. Stephen King says six days a week, and he probably knows what he’s talking about.
  • Read more. I’ve read a fair bit this year, but not as much as I’d like.
  • Get more involved with the BHA.
  • I like Scribbles’ idea, too.

Overall, I award 2006 a B+ and smiley-face sticker. Thanks to anybody who’s read/commented/linked to this blog over the year – it’s very much appreciated. Happy 2007!