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As 2014 draws to close it is time to review the year as it is, as it was. Reflecting on life that has been led by me in my Pete-centric universe.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Well a number of things  really:

  • Installed a Master-Elect into the chair of King Solomon
  • Visited Rome
  • Had a holiday abroad with just my good lady and I.
  • I had cosmetic surgery .  This was having my eyes surgically altered by lasers  to remove the need of Glasses

 2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t do new years’ resolutions, I do challenges. From a discussion with Greatgothninja in the week before Christmas it was agreed that the name/Question would be changed  from  Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? to  Did you have any Challenges in 2014 and were you successful, and will you have more Challenges for 2015?

This year’s challenge  was called  “Challenge 2014”. It  was a challenge where there were 6 categories which had multiple tasks within them. Each  category would make a trivial pursuit segment. Please see the blog post on the results.

Next year well 2015 will have 3 challenges and the post describing this challenge is here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My brother from another mother Dave and his good lady Lisa had a second Son called Oliver in April.

Another old University buddy’s wife gave birth to their second child, called Kathrine.

Incidentally I have spotted a Faux Pas  in the “End of Year review 2013” as I seemed to have missed of the fact the my very good friend and Brother Colin celebrated the birth of his son Oscar in September 2013. For whatever reason I appear not to have  mentioned it. Therefore a big shout out to Oscar for being 1 and travelling to China at such a young age.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My brother from another mother Dave’s Mum died at the end of November, she had adopted me as her Son  on Facebook, which to me was a great honour. A lovely lady from Liverpool that brought up a her children on her own after her husband died. So Mrs Mylett you will be sadly missed by all that knew you.

It has been a bad year for the passing of great people:

Ieuan Evans, Neville Owen and John Morrison all parted from this world to that Grand Lodge in the Heavens. For W.Bro. John Morris it was worse not only did he loose his Father in Law but also his Mother in Law  passed away to not long after Ieuan died.

5. What countries did you visit?

Rome – The wife took me on a trip to this ancient and historic city

Ireland – For the clan meeting of the Maguire’s

 6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Patience, as things are changing next year the family dynamic will shift. !nteresting times are a foot.

 7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Ladies evening

25th January; Helen’s Ladies evening, it was good to have both family and friends there to support her and she did an awesome speech.

14th November;  left RealityMine for a new job a Wax Digital

18th November; I installed my successor into the chair of King Solomon

2nd December; I saw my next child on screen, and it was emotional

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

The gift from God of us expecting child number 2 after all the ups and down over the years. A pure blessing  from on high.

Doing a good job as WM  in my humble opinion.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Letting work effect my sleeping patterns, as it showed I was not working through the known issues and my subconscious brain was trying to analyse the problems and concerns.

 10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The odd cold here and there but no serious illness or injury I am aware of.  Unless the right arm is not supposed to be hanging limply by my side! Only joking :)

 11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hmm it is either the Volkswagen Polo I bought to replace my C4 Picasso (HMS Chester or Money Pit !!!!)

Or the WD Media Player, that means I can free up the Xbox for more games.

 12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

The Scots for seeing sense and not destroying  the Union of the 3 Kingdoms and 1 Principality.

 13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Depressed  – more disheartened me, the Political landscape of the country, and the British press, talking people into voting for the likes of UKIP, or the idea the of the cost of living crisis. Life is not easy; life is something you have to work at. So get on with it.

Appalled – The paedophile  ring that happened in the 70s that may or may not still be going on. All the celebrities’ that where nabbed on Operation Yew tree, and the other witch hunts that went on it had a feeling of the Civil War period.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Car insurance and the Car.

 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  1. Rome.
  2. New Child on the way.
  3. Visiting a Chapter
  4. Installation night
  5. Ladies Evening
  6. Laser Eye Surgery

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

In Binary by Lamb as it was the first concert / Gig  I have been to since the last one in 2011 (Imogen Heap).

 17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier it was a much better year.

b) thinner or fatter? I think I am fatter, but as I have not logged my weight at last years’ review. I am certainly not as fit as I used to be.

c) richer or poorer? About the same, due to changing jobs it is a little difficult to tell.

 18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

More correspondence with friends and family. Just stayed in touch more.

 19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about work.

 20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas this year is out ours, so  Ma & Pa, Outlaws are coming over to join us . So should be fun with the 9 of us.

 21. What was your favourite month of 2014?

September as I spent quality time with Helen in Rome.

 22. Did you fall in love in 2014?

I did not fall in love or out of love. I am in love with my wife.

23. How many one-night stands?

0

 24. What was your favourite TV programme?

A difficult one as Helen and I watch quite a few. So I think I will say NCIS: LA or Haven. Actually I know I am like 20years too late for this but I finally got to watch Twin Peaks.  With all  the hype and the knowing who had Killed Laura Palmer I did enjoy the series, it does go off towards the middle of  season 2 but it was still enjoyable.

 25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

You should know me well enough by now to know that I dislike the word hate as it is a strong word that should be used sparingly.

So do I dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year? Nope.

 26. What was the best book you read?

Moonraker by Ian Fleming,  yes a Bond book, a while back (Skyfall time) I was listening to a radio 4  show and one of the participants said that the films are good but the original stories are by far the best. So I started reading them and Moonraker is my favourite so far.

I have also read the first 2 books in the Game of Thrones  series, but this year was dominated with the little Blue Masonic book.

So to my surprise I have read  6 Novels,  finished of the Earth Chronicles and read the disappointing Dan Brown book. I think I have done really well as I was not going  to read anything but the Blue book.

 27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Rediscovering Lamb and Kosheen

New music? Nothing that stands out.

 28. What did you want and get?

A new Job. Fun in my life.

 29. What did you want and not get?

A Ski Trip

 30. What was your favourite film of this year?

Guardians of the Galaxy, it was great and surprising .

 31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Erm! I don’t think I did anything let me check the calendar {grabs phone} it was a Saturday!  Nope no idea. But I did turn 37.

 32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more

I don’t think I could have asked for anything more. To do so would mean to be greedy.

 33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Hats .  Helen for a joke bought me a flat cap that she thought I would not wear. In august  I bought a Tilley  Hat  for when I am out walking.

 34. What kept you sane?

Being in charge of the Chair of King Solomon.

 35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Mercedes Mason

 

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36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The Scottish independence Vote.

 37. Who did you miss?

Jeff, as he managed to track us to Oldham, sadly he went to Manchester dogs home, the people  we had rehomed him had also rehomed him due to them being pregnant. But they did not care for him, I explained the situation to the dogs home and they agreed to find him a decent home. I hope they did before Manchester Dogs home was set on fire.

 38. Who was the best new person you met?

It is a difficult one I have met some interesting people this year with my lodge  visits.

The meeting of the 3 Doctors was interesting. Also the evening I met  Mr W Marchant  my proposer into my new chapter, as we were in the company or the Pro GM P G L!!!

 39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

Enjoy the yourself, whatever life throws at you. Never get hung up on the petty things.

 40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Shake it off from the song Shake it off  by Taylor Swift

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