.1.What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I travelled on the upstairs deck of a
double decker TGV..! 2. Did you keep your 2008 resolutions, and have you made more for 2009? I didn’t make any last year, this year I'm aiming for a "bigger smaller life"..! 3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, my neighbour,
does that count..? 4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, and I miss them terribly. 5. What countries did you visit? Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Italy, England...
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? The ability to say NO more often... 7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Husband and daughters' near fatal road accident...
say no more..! 8.What was your biggest achievement of the year? Just getting through the year,
alive and still kicking, to be honest..! 9. What was your biggest failure? Still not learnt to relax...
I'm always on the go and have zillions of things permanently on my mind... 10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major as I'm extremely healthy, however my weak back is in the habit of playing up at the most awkward moments, e.g before a long-haul flight..! 11. What was the best thing you bought? All I bought (food, medicines, clothes...) for one particular homeless, fatherless family (one of many forgotten victims of the 2004 SE Asia Tsunami) I met on my trip SW Sri Lanka... 12.Whose behaviour made you appalled or depressed? She will remain nameless;
she knows who she is...'nuff said! 13.Where did most of your money go in 2008?
I wish I knew..! 14.What did you get really, really, really excited about? Reconnecting with my "bestest of best" friends from my childhood spent in West Africa... 15.Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder?
Happier...I'll soon be reuniting with some other friends I haven't seen for years..! Thinner or fatter?
Fatter -I needed the extra weight..! Richer or poorer?
Much richer for all the wonderful people I met, the experiences I had,
the discoveries I made... 16.What do you wish you’d done more of? My abdominal exercises
- the more I do, the less my back aches..! 17.What do you wish you’d done less of? Carrying heavy loads
- this is what always does my back in..! 18.Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No, I don't hate anyone, I never have... 19.What was the best book you read? As a bookworm, this is impossible to answer, I've read too many "unputdownable" books in 2007..! 20.What was your greatest musical discovery? Again, impossible to choose just one... 21.What did you want and get? A maximum of love and affection... 22. What was your favourite film of this year? Little Miss Sunshine (in English) Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (in French) I know, I'm cheating, but they are definately on a par..! 23.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Had my family been free to accompany me on my latest
trip to Sri lanka 24.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Well, I don't know about fashion concepts...
I've been wearing jeans, and in particular, my Levi 501 jeans, for what feels like
forever (not the same pair..!) regardless of whether they are in or out of fashion; I've always lived in my Tod's Italian leather loafers - well before they became
the "in" thing to wear;
I simply couldn't survive without my pashminas
(the real thing : from Nepal and India) and my love of T-shirts is near legendary..! According to friends "in the know", my style is "sport chic"...
that certainly sounds a great deal better than my own
description of my thrown together "look"..! 25. What kept you sane?