- Print out.
- Delete where applicable.
- Rush around shops during three remaining days until Christmas.
- Purchase fine DVDs, CDs, hardcovers and paperbacks.
- Wrap. Relax.
- Leave small offering of port and cashew nuts for Santa Rore, patron saint of obsessive end-of-year list-makers.
- Anna Funder, Stasiland
- Tim Moore, Spanish Steps
- Yann Martel, Life of Pi
- Giles Milton, White Gold
- Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Felicity Lawrence, Not on the Label
- Robert Twigger, Being a Man... in the Lousy Modern World
- Andrew Collins, Where Did It All Go Right?
- Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, From Hell
- Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
- Before Sunrise/Before Sunset
- Kill Bill Vol. 2
- Lost in Translation
- The Motorcycle Diaries
- Shaun of the Dead
- Super Size Me
- Some Kind of Monster
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
- Shrek 2
- Kings of Convenience, Riot on an Empty Street
- Snow Patrol, Final Straw
- Nick Drake, Five Leaves Left
- The Divine Comedy, A Secret History
- Bebel Gilberto, Bebel Gilberto
- Air, Talkie Walkie
- Manic Street Preachers, Lifeblood
- The Finn Brothers, Everyone is Here
- The Bluetones, Luxembourg
- William Shatner, Has Been
Places I visited this year, in chronological order. Also (not cities) Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the Trossachs.
- Málaga, Spain
- Cádiz, Spain
- Sevilla, Spain
- Córdoba, Spain
- Jaen, Spain
- Granada, Spain
- Leuven, Belgium
- Brussels, Belgium
- Ghent, Belgium
- Dundee, Scotland
- London, England
- Paris, France
- Glasgow, Scotland
Favourite TV series caught on DVD (in no particular order, old and new): Futurama, Black Books, I’m Alan Partridge, Peep Show, Kath & Kim, Look Around You, Frontline, The Office Christmas Specials, The Micallef Program, and The Goodies.
Favourite foodstuffs: Spanish olives, Malaga wine, Belgian chocolates, Stornoway black pudding. (Not all at once.)
Favourite Edinburgh Fringe show which just happened to have my friends in it: The Elephant Woman.
25 November–21 December 2004