In a blatant rip-off of what everyone else does at this time of year, it's time to reflect on the last 12 months.
Charlie Brooker - Screenwipe (lent to me by Joe, who didn't want it back)
Joanna Blythman - Shopped
Stuart Maconie - Pies and Prejudice
Matthew Sweet - Shepperton Babylon
Carl Hiaasen - Tourist Season
Tim Moore - Nul Points
Andrew Collins - That's Me In The Corner
Andrew Loog-Oldham - Stoned Too
The Guinness Book of Hit Singles - Issue 19 (whilst the charts themselves have become meaningless it's still handy to have in my bottom drawer at work so I can correct local radio DJs who continue to show how little they know about music)
I know that most of those books didn't come out in 2007 but I'm slow to pick up on stuff.
I didn't see a single film this year, not one. The local Odeon Multiplex is so poor.
Not Going Out (BBC1) - what do The Metro know
Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares (C4)
Kath and Kim (Living) - although I found Matt Lucas' cameo dreadfully unfunny
The Orchids (Maggie May's/Cottier Bar, Glasgow) - I hadn't seen them since January 1994 and it was a welcome return for one of my favourite bands and a nice bunch of guys. Managed to see them twice, including my first ever through-the-night-across-country drive home.
Ray Davies (Usher Hall, Edinburgh)
The Wedding Present (Liquid Room, Edinburgh) - The George Best 25th anniversary tour gig and one that I'll especially remember for the number of faces from the past I saw outside the venue afterwards.
Passing my driving test (at the second attempt)
Appearing on two game shows, "Take It Or Leave It" and "Brainbox Challenge"
The Jock'n'Roll website being all over the papers and getting interviewed on Radio Scotland and BBC Birmingham
Losing out on £18,050 on Challenge TV's "Take It Or Leave It" on the last question
Failing my first driving test
Still being in the same job
Having to endure continuous battles with Stagecoach to get a decent local bus service
6 bottles of win (Dunfermline Press)
Dunfermline v Man Utd tickets (Dunfermline Press - and there's me thinking they hated me)
A bumper box of 6 DVDs, 4 books, a paperweight, a game and other bits and pieces from the History Channel
£15 book token and boxing tickets (Fife Free Press)
A signed LP400 white Stagg guitar from the Scottish Association for Mental Health
One of my neighbours. Horrible unruly children and no respect for other people's property (especially mine). Extended family and friends no better.
The decline in the postal service (they binned the second post after I thought it had already gone and now morning deliveries are set to disappear. Too late round here as we never get it before 2pm anyway)
Stagecoach (from top to bottom)
Life Property Management (robbing bastards)
Continued battle with depression
Destroying any chance of a job with Forth One after pointing out at least 6 mistakes in a variety of competitions and generally pissing off some of the presenters over the last few months - their loss
The Quizzing website (run by small-minded individuals who think nothing of looking at your PMs and passing dossiers on to the police a la News of the World. Quizzing.co.uk is why quizzers are now getting a bad name with some production companies. For a website trying to be the quizzers' moral guardian some of their behaviour is quite appalling).
My horrible neighbours selling their house
Hopes for 2008:
A new job
A bus shelter at my morning stop
Some paid writing
A hospital radio show
To learn to play my new guitar
A decent win on a game show
I don't want much and I never get it so I shouldn't be disappointed but I am. Frequently.