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Started by dreams99 on Dec 31, 2020 12:33:15 AM
The New Year's Eve Thank Fuck 2020 is done Questionnaire

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

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dreams99 - 31 Dec 2020 01:21:41 (#1 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

It was an odd year (as for everyone). I was made redundant and my dad died, but neither event was as negative as it might have been for others. I'm not as fit as I intended to be, partly because restrictions stopped races, and I picked up an injury, so no running for 3 months. So, less healthy, wealthier, wiser.

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

I and my family have managed to avoid covid so far. Most of my neighbours have had it, back in March, and several work colleagues, plus lots of running club colleagues. There may have been more recently, but I'm out of a few loops. I don't know anyone who died from it.

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

I was made redundant, but nothing to do with coivd, all planned and anticipated, on good terms. Before that, I worked successfully from home from the beginning of March to the end of October. My partner lost her clients in March, it wasn't a huge financial hit, but it affected her mentally a bit.

4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

Home tuition started off with the school trying to replicate the school day, with 5 lessons, which was impossible (and the remote tech temperamental) but for the summer terms settled into two projects per day, and more of a hands off attitude. Most of the load fell on my partner, as I was working first on month end then on selling the company.

Being at home all the time meant a lot of time with my daughter, which started off great, but I think we're tired of each other now.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Biggest achievement was running two half marathons in March, the second one, just before lockdown, without a pause, which was a big deal for me.

Apart from that, on one day in February my daughter had a recorder exam then a public speaking competition, and passed the first and won a medal in the second, whcih made us very proud.

Worst would be my father's illness, death and funeral, I suppose. The whole situation was awkward, with him not wanting me to know about it, but it's done now.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

Book - read less than intended, best would be the new Hilary Mantel, but I'm only halfway through it. Apart from that, two non-fiction books - Some kids I taught and what they taught me by Kate Klanchy and My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay.

Film - Only saw one non-kids film in the cinema, Parasite, which was very good indeed.

TV - been catching up on Netflix shows, The Last Dance is very good.

Podcasts - really got into them this year.

Best long form podcast - Serial, of course, but also 13 minutes to the moon.

Best for keeping up with covid news - NPR's Coronavirus Daily (now called Consider This), and also Tim Harford's How to Vaccinate the World.

Best interview podcast - Noah Feldman's Deep Background, also Louis Theroux's Grounded

Best funny podcast - Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, also Rule of Three, Jay Rayner's Out to Lunch



7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Heroes of the pandemic - Anthony Fauci, of course, Bill Gates, several people on twitter and other media who soberly cut through the crap to give reliable information (eg Ed Yong, Tim Harford, etc), and the millions of people who couldn't work from home but had to be frontline in hospitals, care homes, retail stores and essential services.

Villains - the usual: Trump, Johnson and his cabal of incompetents, the media contrarians whose usual irritating ignorant bullshit has become dangerous (Toby Young, Julia Hartly Brewer, etc), people who put politics ahead of the health of their people.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

Best - short-form character satire

Most annoying - fucking reaction videos on youtube. And kids earning $20m per year for unboxing shit. And families doing synchronised Tiktok dances. Funny for a week.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

Info - loads, @ddale8, watching Trump's rallies so we don't have to, @AODespair for quality David Simon rants

Funnies - @blaireerskine and @brentterhune showing how character satire is done. @MrMichaelSpicer @TheFigen

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

I need to find a job, but thanks to the redundancy and inheritance, there's little pressure for once. Just hoping I can take a holiday at some point, didn't get one in 2020 (as I'm sure many others didn't either)

I wouldn't bank on 2021 not being worse - Brexit starts for real tomorrow - but no Trump, plus vaccines, makes two big improvements. There may well be a relief-bounce, a 1920s style celebration, which will of course be premature and lead to loads more covid deaths. I'd love to see the end of Johnson - rumours were that he'd quit, but I doubt he will now, he thinks he's won Brexit - but PM Gove could be far worse.I need to

Ebadlun - 31 Dec 2020 04:10:23 (#2 of 24)

understand the word limit on posts better?

Moschops - 31 Dec 2020 07:03:09 (#3 of 24)

1. Healthier - no. Wealthier - sort of. I'm winding my company up now, as I have become a wage slave again. Not having to spend £500 a month on the train has been nice. Wiser - Also no.

2. MrsChops's Mum contracted it, but fairly incredibly, it hasn't killed her. Before she got dementia she was really healthy, so suspect that residue is keeping her going. We've been ok, though there has been a series of positive tests at ChopsIII's school.

3. Switched from contractor to perm in April, and survived a redundancy program in Oct. Wfh is ok, though I do miss the office, and London in general.

4. Kids are older, so less of an issue. ChopsIII got way behind, which was stressful at the time

5. Best - getting a dog. Worst - getting a call to say my sister had had a bad fall

6. Book - dunno, don't read enough to comment really. Film - watched that 3 Billboards film recently, which was great. TV series - Des. Music - The Chats, High Risk Behaviour

7. Heroes - scientists, health workers, Marcus Rashford. Villains - agree with dreams, the contrarian pricks on Twitter etc

8. No idea

9. Nice to see Marv getting recognition with his bookcase credibility stuff

10. Nah, this is just the start. 2021 is going to be an interesting time.

bossab2 - 31 Dec 2020 08:16:42 (#4 of 24)

interesting time

Another year of shit

And 3 Billboards is excellent

Electro2 - 31 Dec 2020 08:19:51 (#5 of 24)

Unhappy new Tier.

fogger - 31 Dec 2020 08:52:56 (#6 of 24)

1. Not healthier, as my chronic ailments roll on. Wealthier? I have less debt, but more outgoings. Wiser: have learned a lot about amplifiers.

2. COVID-free house so far. My mum reckons she had it in March.

3. WFH as usual. Kept job, given more work for no more money.

4. Home schooling was a nightmare, and eventually ended up being about an hour a day of worksheet, and an hour a day of made-up stuff. Both me and MrsF were working full-time while looking after the three kids, so little time to actually homeschool a 6yo.

5. Best: Getting a new car. Worst: only seeing my Mum once all year and not being able to help with her house move/renovation.

6. Book: The Only Rule is it has to Work. Film: Bad Boys For Life. TV: Gangs of London. Podcast: Baseball BBQ.

7. Heroes: frontline workers. Villains: the usual political suspects. Novak Djokovic.

8. Dunno. Don't see many.

9. Dunno, don't go on Twitter much cos it's shit.

10. The next few months are gonna be as depressing as fuck. Hopefully things will improve and they might be stuff to look forward to.

downbuzz - 31 Dec 2020 09:07:47 (#7 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

Pretty good. Had a healthy baby. Health - Just turned 50. In reasonable shape. Can still kick a ball about with over 45s, but I have got a General Melchett moustache.

Wealth - Wages much the same, but not travelling will save us some money. Got a contract for next year and wife got a promotion.

Probably not much wiser.

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

Didn't affect me too much, except I got furious about how greedy everyone got over fucking toilet roll. My niece and her boyfriend got it in Canada. Didn't hear any bad stories so I guess they coped. Her boyfriend did have a dollar sign tattooed to his ankle though, which suggests to me he's a dick.

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

Probably lost out on about 3 or 4 week's work.

4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

Didn't really bother much with the home schooling.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Healthy beautiful baby. Got a contract teaching music. Hopefully that will turn out well.

Wife's mum has increasing dementia and it is causing tensions on her side of the family, as no one wants to deal with her. My brother's mental problems ate a concern too.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

Just discovered Jarvis Cocker's Wireless Nights podcast. It's ace.

Still reading an Ali biography I started over a year ago. It's great, I guess I'm savouring it.

I liked The Queen's Gambit on Netflix.

Parasite was a pretty good film.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Boris, Trump and Morrison villains. My new country, my old country and the biggest country in the West, run by three of the most ignorant, pig-headed, counts you will ever see on the telly. Thank fuck one of them is almost gone.

Jacinda Arden and Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez heroes for showing us there is another way, a more successful way.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

Just seen a Scott Morrison one which was quite funny. The lady who catches the champagne glass iff the baby also funny. Can't think of an annoying one which is good.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

Don't use Twitter much. Graham Linehan is good.

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

Should be an interesting year. We are cutting the workload from our video business for more family time which should be great.

Trump going has to he good. Hopefully Boris and Scott get voted out too, despite Labour being a bit shit in both countries at the moment. Hopefully less world travel will result in better local communities.

A bit worried about a proper killer strain coming along. Not so much everyone dying, but the disgraceful way people have proved they will act in the lead up to it.

downbuzz - 31 Dec 2020 09:10:11 (#8 of 24)

My brother's mental problems ate a concern too.

Are a concern. Eating your concerns is not advised.

dottie30 - 31 Dec 2020 09:11:19 (#9 of 24)

1. Probably healthier - was pretty fit and healthy anyway but not having to commute has probably meant I get a few more hours kip per week.

2. Covid - not too bad. Plenty of people I know got it - no one seriously ill though. As far as I know, we haven't had it. No real tensions but the A level fiasco was a bit of a stress here as have been university applications. Volunteered with my local authority and got to walk a gorgeous miniature poodle every day while owner was shielding which was actually quite lovely.

3. Work - was furloughed for 8 weeks but then started back at work on a year's contract with firm I worked for on a freelance basis. However it is at a lower rate but I consider myself very lucky. Working from home probably better than most as I have a garden office (although that is not particularly ergonomically great at the moment as it is also serving as a storeroom for a load of home gym equipment).

4. Family - am single parent of now 18 year old. No problems with home tuition - not sure I'd be great at decisions maths and quantum physics. He is pretty good at self-study.

5. - Best thing - son getting his A* in A level maths (he 'took' it a year early but was only given an A so did the October 'resits' and got his A*). Worst thing - the point at which I was unsure whether I'd have any income when furlough / employment was up in the air.

6. Book - Tristram Shandy. Gave me a few giggles in depressing times.

7. Hero - Marcus Rashford. Villain - too many in current cabinet of fools but the one I fear most is Priti Patel.

8. Not big on remembering memes.

8. Social media - not all that up on that either.

10. 2021 - I doubt things will get better but I'm looking forward to my son moving off to university and me being able to misbehave again.

downbuzz - 31 Dec 2020 09:30:07 (#10 of 24)

I concur with Rashford being a hero. Also the way Gary Neville was speaking out, though can't remember if that was this year or last year.

WhoAteAllTheVincePies - 31 Dec 2020 10:21:58 (#11 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

Same as it normally is tbh. Still in debt (though have gone down from being debt free in 14 years to bring debt free in 9 years), lost weight, put some back on. None the wiser probably.



2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

MiL had it quite badly in the summer. She is a nurse so not surprised tbh. Otherwise we barely left the house this year, apart from going to school and swimming lessons.



3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

Been working from home since before the original lockdown as daughter was sent home from school with a high temperature, so we were all having to self isolate for 7 days. Then that evening Boris announced it was to change to 14 days and then during that time the whole country was sent home. MrsFinn works at the kids school so wasn't in to start of with but then had to go in to look after key worker kids.



4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

Eldest son worked everyday for the full school day on the home PC, however younger son and daughter probably did two pieces of work the whole time they were off. Basically flat out refused to do any and it was stressful for MrsFinn and I trying to get them to do anything. Glad they are back at school, though fully expect them to catch Covid at some point from there.



5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Best: Got a £50 Amazon voucher from work for Christmas.

Worst: Work has been very stressful this year. My boss doesn't care if you can't get work done because of how much there is to do, she just expects you to do it. Been a trying year to say the least.



6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

Started reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time again in the summer. Got to halfway through the 3rd book, but haven't read since then.



New film: Bad Boys 3. Old film: Die Hard.

TV show: Ghosts and second season of The Mandalorian.

Podcast: Only listened to one Adam Buxton one at the start of the year, so that would be it.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

I take little interest in the news, but Rashford is a good shout for Hero. Trump and Boris for the villains.



8. Memes - best and most annoying

The Gal Gadot Imagine video was terrible and that was way too early in lockdown for that type of shit.



I'm annoyed by Ryan Toys Review and that type of terrible YouTube channel, but more annoyed that he makes $200M+ a year from merchandise. It is so fucking bad and kids lap it up.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

I look at Hold My Beer every now and again to cheer myself up and to remind myself of how many idiots there are out there.



10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

Going to get worse before it gets better. I've already been told I'm working from home next year no matter what happens and probably won't be back in the office again in this job.

Rendered - 31 Dec 2020 11:57:00 (#12 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

Certainly fortunate to have no loss of income. Less healthy overall due to no gym since March and despite running more than ever it's not the same level of fitness. I don't know about wiser but I suppose one is more aware of what and who is important in life.

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

I rather enjoyed the first proper lockdown, once I'd got over the initial couple of weeks of WTF is going on worry. The lack of cars on the roads, planes in the sky and the quiet of so many places was blissful. Partner's brother caught the COVID but was asymptomatic. Now I'm just feeling fatigued by it all.

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

Grateful to have worked the entire time and in a profession where location isn't important. Working from home is 90% okay but I do miss some human interaction now and then.

4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

Another barren year so no worries on that score. I know from friends, especially those who had not long moved in with partners, that they've had their fraught times. Thankfully none of that for us. Having an actual house now rather than a flat has no doubt helped.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Best was winning a lot on the horses once the flat resumed in June (and keeping the P above the L for most of the year) and doing a LOT of baking. Worst was a non-COVID related family illness which I felt fairly useless to help with stuck halfway across the country and not legally meant to travel.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

A lot of good non-fiction, Sally Field's autobiography and the recent Victoria Wood biography. Film definitely Parasite. TV was a complete rewatch of The Sopranos which only ever gets better. Never listened to a podcast.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Heroes include the staff of a care home up here who left their own families to isolate in the care home with the people they looked after. And a thousand or more similar examples of humanity. Villains would be the usual rump of idiots and their enablers.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

n/a

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

n/a

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

More of the same for the next few months, for me and the world. Hopefully things will have turned a corner by the summer.

cozzer - 31 Dec 2020 12:29:50 (#13 of 24)

Three Billboards was the worst crock of hoary bullshit I've seen for ages. It was so bad it made me angry, and it makes me even angrier that so many people liked it and it won so many awards.

It's not that the characters didn't behave like real people, they didn't behave like themselves. There was no consistency of character between scenes. It was like a whole film of the Rule of Tribbiani. Scenes happened completely in isolation, without any acknowledgement of things that had happened before, and without any effect on things that happened afterwards.

I shall give an example: the Black woman who took the rap for Frances McDormand and went to prison at the start of the movie, and then was not mentioned again until she got released and turned up at the end.

elderberry - 31 Dec 2020 12:53:26 (#14 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

Dull. No.

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

Okay, I think I had it in January - certainly had some virus that was still affecting me in late summer.

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

This was going to be the year I returned to the world of work. That didn't happen.

4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

No sprogs. If anything, more phone calls to and from cousins, which was nice.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Best, Zoom meeting with people I worked with 40 years ago in advance of a commemorative thingy in 2021. The young cat continues to entertain me, and the older cat remains a sweetheart.

Worst, that virus, my dog died and then I dropped something heavy on my toe and now the nail is falling off. Woe.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

Books has been mostly re-reading for comfort, but lots of fun podcasts - All About Agatha, The Irish Podcast, Star Trek Women at Warp, Oh God What Now? many other things. And I enjoyed Star Trek: Picard a lot and Discovery season 3 is better than seasons 1 &2 so that's all good.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Heroes, the people who have brought us vaccines so very quickly. Everyone who got on with life fairly cheerfully, complied with the rules even though they hated them, and got us through to where we are.

Villain, Trump is hard to beat. Villain who made me laugh, that Hungarian homophobic politician caught fleeing a gay sex party in Brussels, where he'd been breaking lockdown rules.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

Haven't really noticed the new ones, but the good old dumpster fire never goes out of fashion.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

David Allen Green, Vox Hiberionacum, the slightly crazy but amusing Irishmonk

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

Unenthusiastic

melpomene - 31 Dec 2020 13:49:25 (#15 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

Healthier? Maybe, was diagnosed with DVT and hospitalised in July, but now have medication, so who knows. Wealthier - a little, am saving the commuting costs so now have a little savings that I didn't have before Wiser - I doubt it.

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

4 colleagues, and my father inlaw. All fine, thankfully.



3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

WFH - it has been super busy, far too many teams meetings, and extremely stressful. Luckily work did supply a chair/laptop stand etc in the end (see previous DVT, they got a bit worried). Far more hours put in than in usual times.



4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

No kids, although my sister said it was nearly impossible with a full time job. Tensions were there a bit as MrM was out of work but couldn't get the SEISS grant, and to my disgrace, I was a bit resentful of him binging Netflix while I kept us afloat. He felt awful about it though, and we got through. He's back at work now and his mental health is noticable better.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Best - rekindled relationship with MiddleSis through moaning about WFH via email. To the extend she invited us for XMas day, which would never have happened without Covid. It was really nice in the end, and I'm sure my parents enjoyed us all being together.

Worst - DVT was a tad frightening.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

I don't do podcasts, guess the book would be the Mirror and the Light. TV show probably I may destroy you, or Taskmaster.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Boris, Gavin Williamson, Trump obviously for villains. Heroes - NHS staff, Marcus Rashford, the guy who does the deliveroo from the pizza shop.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

Ignore most of them.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

N/A

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

Not good. This will go on for a while, and I just want to see some people in real life. Economically, we are fucked. Hard to keep hopeful, tbh.

nac1001 - 31 Dec 2020 14:20:41 (#16 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

It started in the crow's nest of a boat on the Amazon with river dolphins and bats circling. It's been a bit downhill since then. I've saved some money and stayed healthy but apart from that it's been not been one of the best

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

I've been ok. Close family and friends have not been ill with Covid although my mum's younger brother has just been told that he probably only has a few months to live (non Covid).

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

Worked from home for 9 months. It was good at first but has been a struggle through autumn and winter on my own in the house. Mrs1001 has been going to her office since May.

4. The Covid Year - family.

My parents appear to have coped well. It would have been good to see them more. Xmas with them was an hour eating mince pies and drinking coffee from a flask on park benches near their Tier 3 home. In-laws have also coped I think - we've had weekly Zooms.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Having been ok health wise and financially I haven't really got much to complain about but it has sometimes seemed like a wasted year. We spend a lot of time planning holidays and have been lucky enough to go away 3-4 times most years so not going out of the UK since January has been a challenge. We still managed to have three one week holidays in the UK. Mrs1001 had a big birthday which we ended up spending 20 minutes from where she went to school rather than in Japan.

The bloke falling off the roof next door was probably the worst bit of the work year.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

I've mentioned some favourite books on another thread - Dangarembga, Grossman. Also read a few interesting books by people who went from the US to Eastern Europe in search of the world their ancestors lost between 1933 and 1945.

I've not watched must tv and film. As others have mentioned Parasite and Queen's Gambit were good. I also liked Unorthodox on Netflix.

I've walked 10 miles a day all year which has given me a lot of time for podcasts, lots of BBC (books, 222 of the 884 episodes of In Our Time), Presidential, the Age of Jackson, Talking Politics, also lots of American news stuff around election time.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Sir Lewis Hamilton. Yeah I know about the tax and him being a climate campaigner who travels thousands of miles to drives fast cars and a few stupid things he's said and done over the years. And somebody will doubtless be along soon to say it's only because of the car but I'm sticking with Sir Lewis. Also Rashford of course.

Villains - lots of right wing politicians. I've manged to deal with them by watching a lot less of them. I haven't watched the news for six months. I haven't seen or heard Johnson on tv or radio all year which makes it a lot easier to cope.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

I've forgotten.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

Bookcase Credibility and Cold War Steve

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

More optimistic than I was a few months ago. Vaccines, etc. And even if Biden isn't able to do much, he's not Trump.

alfanaut - 31 Dec 2020 17:38:03 (#17 of 24)

1. My youngest daughter broke her arm on new years day 2020. So I started the year at hospital. Obviously I had no portent as to how much shittier the year was going to get. Having said that I worked all year , as did my wife, and our oldest daughter started working in the last month in the hospitality industry, which is not something that would be happening in a lot of countries. Our short lockdown (around 2 months ) resulted in me gaining about 10kg, so definitely not healthier. No direct impact on wealth, although an April US/Caribbean trip was obviously cancelled, leaving us with more money than we thought, so we promptly spent it around the house

2. I know of no-one who has got Covid. I am eternally grateful that I live in a part of the country that got on top of the pandemic early and has continued to do so . 6 CV19 deaths in total to date in Queensland

3. worked all year, had to do around 2 months at home in April May, and have continued with a mixed office/home regime. If I wake up a bit tired/hungover or have to take one of the kids somewhere I wfh for the day. I average about 3 days per week in the office now

4. My youngest daughter didn't handle home tuition well at all whereas my oldest at home was really good. It was hard to get her to focus, given that I was also working (with lots of Zoom and Teams meetings) and couldn't supervise her minutely. Thankfully it was only about 6 weeks of actual term time as the school lockdown was either side of Easter holidays

5. Best- living in a country and state that didn't suffer greatly from the pandemic. Since about July there has been virtually no difference in our everyday lives compared to pre pandemic - hospitality venues are operating as usual, as are sporting and entertainment venues. Test cricket is on, AFL and NRL were played in front of real humans (unlike EPL)

Worst - I have 4 adult kids who live in Melbourne, which was the part of Aus worst hit by the pandemic. There was no opportunity to visit them (or vice versa) and the extended lockdown really got to them mentally. Having said that, they were still a lot better off than many parts of the world, and did the hard yards to get early results

6. Dunno really. Looking forward to a new Aussie file in 2021 - The Dry which opens today and looks pretty good

7. Heroes - health and other frontline workers everywhere, and aged care facility workers who often bore the brunt without proper PPE

Worst - politician cunts - Scomo, johnson, trump, and all their enablers. We had a pretty good non partisan response early on is Aus with state and federal leaders of all parties working together for the common good, but it soon turned into petty political points scoring and hypocritical lambasting of some but not all state leaders

8. Memes - get on the beers christmas lights (Daniel Andrews, Vic State Premier) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bug_Zp07hWY

9. na

10. fucked if i know. I'm pretty comfortable in my own little bubble but can't see that I'll be travelling anywhere soon. All depend on the efficacy of the vaccine/s I guess

MoominChristmasMadness - 31 Dec 2020 18:06:04 (#18 of 24)

1. I am a few pounds lighter but probably rather less zen than I would like to be. Everyone is well and in some ways 2019 was worse, lost my dad and MrCats was very poorly at one point.

2. Two extended family members have/have had Covid but with only mild symptoms (so far).

3. Kept my job, worked from home most of the time and got promoted, so pretty good. Though I dearly missed all the usual fun stuff.

4. Not too bad, my eldest got behind and demotivated with school work in the summer, but online learning seems a bit more organised more recently.

5. Best thing - perhaps being able to meet up with friends just before lockdown in March. Realising I'm so lucky to live where I do. Worst thing - all the cancelled holidays, trips and plans.

6. Best book/podcast - discovering the BBC Lord Peter Wimsey dramatisations. TV - His Dark Materials, Roadkill, The Split (was that this year?)

7. Heroes - key workers Villains - Politicians

8. Memes - most annoying is the Karen one.

9. Social media - don't do Twitter

10. Personally - good The World - same shit, different shitclowns

PaperRustler - 31 Dec 2020 18:16:18 (#19 of 24)

1. How was your year? Have you ended it healthier, wealthier and wiser?

My sister got a bit snappy with me the other day because she has cabin fever whereas my life (as she pointed out, with justification) has barely changed at all. I've worked from home for 20 years, and really only eat out on holiday. I'm no wealthier or wiser, but I am 5 kg heavier.

2. The Covid year - how have you coped? Did you, or your family/friends/colleagues get it?

See above; personally not that different really. Husband has been in the US since the summer, and is concerned about his elderly parents so may remain a bit longer. Several members of his family have had it, a couple quite badly. The worst for me was when our lovely family doctor died of coronavirus.

3. The Covid Year - work. Did you keep your job, or were you furloughed/laid off? How was working from home, if you did it?

It continued exactly as it had for the previous 19 years.

4. The Covid Year - family. How did you cope with home tuition, if it happened? Any other tensions from lockdowns?

No kids at home, no tensions.

5. Best/worst things that happened to you.

Best: squeezed in two great holidays just prior to/during the lull. The worst thing (apart from our doctor) was worrying about my sons in California when the bits of the state that weren't dying of coronavirus were being burnt in wildfires.

6. Best book/film/tv show/podcast.

I found the Mantel extraordinarily depressing and violent - maybe because of the general atmosphere of gloom this year - so not that; I was glad to finish it. Light and frivolous reading was definitely the order of the day; just finished 'Squeeze Me' by Carl Hiaasen, which is most definitely light but also very funny. Thoroughly enjoyed 'Mrs America'. Watched a kind of online theatre production of 'What a Carve-Up' that was great fun. Podcasts: can't beat a bit of true crime.

7. Heroes and villains of the year - of the pandemic, in politics, or anything else.

Mitch McConnell is my Villain of all the Villains, but just about every male politician can do one, and take Priti Patel with them. Heroes: health workers, essential workers, whistle-blowers, people who dared put their head above the parapet.

8. Memes - best and most annoying

Lawnmower Boy memes can still make me laugh, but spare me the popcorn-eating Michael Jackson.

9. Social media - favourite/most reliable twitter accounts

Some funny stuff - Sarah Cooper, Blaire Erskine; I enjoy the Twitter Historians like Kevin Kruse, and Femi is excellent on Brexit. There are many jewels among the dross on Twitter.

10. How do you feel about the prospects for 2021, personally and for the world?

Personally: excited but anxious. Will have retired, hopefully will have sold house, will be living who knows where. A lot of change. The world: just plain anxious. We've freed some frightening genies we'll struggle to get back into the bottle.

Ginmonkey - 31 Dec 2020 18:20:52 (#20 of 24)

1. Not the worst year of my life by any means but not great. Saved a fair bit of money and got a lot of house related jobs done.

2. We, loved ones and friends have, so far, remained Covid free.

3. Mr Monkey lost all his work in an instant (contractor in the bar and events industry) whereas mine became almost unmanageable in the first lockdown in terms of work load and hours. I got a new job in the summer - bit more money, less crazy. So all good. Mr Monkey still struggling for work. WFH constantly until September - nearly went mad and ruined my back. Went back to the office three days a week and a lot better. Discovered I HATE working from home.

4. N/A

5. Best thing - we managed to go to Seville in late February - memories of that carried us through the year.

Worst thing - the relentless 24 hour office in April and May - firing up my laptop at 6am to find 50 urgent emails since I logged off at midnight.

6. Best book - oddly for an inveterate reader I barely managed to read at all this year. TV I May Destroy You was compelling. On a less cerebal note I enjoyed rewatching Buffy and Angel. But mainly it was music radio that got me through.

7.Heroes - the usual including all the essential workers who quietly kept the show on the road. Villans - the usual - mainly Cummings. Also conspiracy wankers.

8. N/A

9.N/A

10. We'll be living with this for a while but hope is there, the Spring will come.

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