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How was 2010 for you?

08:58 UK time, Wednesday, 29 December 2010

2010 is drawing to a close. What were the best things you did this year?

2010 has been an eventful year for the UK. We have seen a new government take over politics, Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement, and England have retained the Ashes for the first time in 24 years.

But we want to know what 2010 meant to you. Please join in the debate to let us know how this year made you feel.

Personally and professionally, what have you achieved this year? What were your proudest moments? Was 2010 an important year for you?

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Absolutely, I had finally achieved my ambition to fulfill all requirements for the award of PhD degree.

  • Comment number 2.

    The best thing I did in 2010 was decide not to look back at my past successes and failures but to look forward to 2011.

  • Comment number 3.

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  • Comment number 4.

    2010? Just another year...
    Goverment (local and national) want more more money in taxes. Prices of essential services and products go up. We are left with even less in our pockets :-(
    Now we are being urged to give more than we already do, to charity.
    I am beginning to think the British workers are the ones in need of charity!

  • Comment number 5.

    Started my own business, no more employers to hassle me, no more corporate politics and death by powerpoint.

    So far its going OK, in fact better than expected.

    2011 will be better!

  • Comment number 6.

    2010 was a year of coming to terms with being widowed, but also some good things happened. I went to over 30 gigs (There is nothing like live music) and took my son on a visit to New York City (There is nothing like NYC either). My son, who has very severe autism, learned to write and play the drums.

  • Comment number 7.

    It was weird. it was so weird that I think know perhaps all the things I presumed about future is unlikely. It was the year I realized that I had never died before, and that the continent of america hardly exists.

  • Comment number 8.

    2010 was a very hard year.
    I managed to get through it in the same debt i was in this time last year so at least i broke even and i'm still in work.
    My family are all well and we have news of a new addition so we have something to look forward to.
    I even managed to get a new dog.
    A beutifull West German Shepherd.I suppose i could be happier but i'm deffinately not sad.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR WORLD.

  • Comment number 9.

    For me, 2010 was an utterly rubbish year that started badly and got worse. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, and the sooner it is ushered into the past the better.

    Sadly, it doesn't look like 2011 is going to get better in the short term. I really need something to kick me out of these doldrums and make the world - not just my corner of it - a better place. We can start by kicking the UK's government into touch...

  • Comment number 10.

    2010 was an odd year, I earn more now than I have ever earned but I am more skint than when I was a student working part time in Asda. Before you say it , it isn't because I spend more now on junk, my bills just seem to have gone mental. My car insurance for example was £389 per year in 2008 and I am now getting quotes for £700+ and that's with 2 years extra no claims ?? from pretty much all the insurance brokers, and that's just one of the raises. I am scraping pennies towards the end of the month to buy diesel and as I work for the NHS I am now about to be shafted again.

  • Comment number 11.

    On a personal level 2010 was fine for me however I am disappointed that the new administration that promised so much has delivered so little. Still after 13 years of Labour mismanagement I am now used to ineffective government so I suppose I shouldn't be too down hearted. At least one small thing in their favour is they are not in your face 24 hours every day telling you how good they are unlike the last lot.

  • Comment number 12.

    Survived.

  • Comment number 13.

    2010 is like last year.Hell on earth.I`ve opened hellraisers puzzle box and i`m in hell.

  • Comment number 14.

    Let's just say I hope next year is better, although my daughter did very well in her GCSE's and is now doing very well at A Level. I hope to be working for myself next year, so no infuriating boss to contend with - yipee!

    #6 - sorry for your loss.

  • Comment number 15.

    Landed a new research contract three days before christmas.
    It'll keep me and two others gainfully employed for 2 years.
    If we hadn't have got it, we were all down the dole office on Jan 1st!

    Such a relief!

    Happy New Year to all!

  • Comment number 16.

    How was 2010 for you?

    Don't know yet, there are still two and a half shopping days left.

  • Comment number 17.

    Had a great year
    A top job was coming up,but had no hope of getting it, but amazingly the candidate who was expected to do best in the selection didn't do as well as expected. Then was offered a sort of job share as long as I did what I was told by the main job holder. I was then able to do the opposite of much of what I had said I would do if appointed.
    Oh sorry that was Nick Cleggs year
    Mine consisted of trusting someone who went back on all he had said Thanks Nick.

  • Comment number 18.

    The soul was surely tested in 2010, but am the better and more humble person for it, hope to capitilize on all the positives. Ahappy and peaceful New Year to you all.

  • Comment number 19.

    Best bit of 2010?

    Our first grandchild was born in July. She is the most gorgeous child to have ever drawn breath (just like everyone else's grandchildren!) and I have turned into one of those really annoying people who whips out their phone at every opportunity so that everyone can see her photo!

    Proud...? Me...? Not much!!!!

  • Comment number 20.

    In 2010, together with two friends, I managed to create a Charity and kick-start it. We help a school for deaf children in Lebanon and a refugee kindergarten (www.lebanontrust.org). It was far more work that I expected but, despite the economic climate, we did well and reached the targets that we had set to ourselves. We travelled to Lebanon in October and worked at the school as volunteers. I just wish we could be as successful in 2011.

  • Comment number 21.

    Hopefully if i have done my sums right i will remove the need to use any of the large banks that have been allowed to destroy our country and 2 years after the event are still not being held to account.

    There only God is money and they are are quite prepared to let good people live in poverty, and even die , to uphold their absurd bonus culture.

    Well they wont be doing it with my money or business and hopefully many more will think likewise.

  • Comment number 22.

    I think 2010 was a "tread water" year for many people. Confidence in the future was entirely absent, and everyone seemed to spend the year waiting for the banking crisis axe to fall and cause a full blown depression, but it never *quite* has.

    I think and hope that in 2011 there will be more hardy (or headstrong) souls who will say 'enough! let's move on' and it's only then that a recovery of confidence will truly get underway (because in truth, so far, it's only a lack of confidence that's been the problem). If that doesn't happen, then 2011 will be a worse year than 2010 - something we should all hope to avoid.

    Alan T

  • Comment number 23.

    Despite the best efforts of our politicians over recent years to destroy this country, 2010 has been aa average year for me. It has taken me two years to get planning permission to erect an extension and I am now waiting on a building warrent to start work. The planning department, like the regulators who were supposed to sort out the banks, have gone to sleep. The local council is useless, I haven't had my bin emptied since the start of the snow and it is now overflowing.

    I hope for a better 2011...

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  • Comment number 26.

    2010 was like any other year..ups and downs. Up was moving house, down was extended family troubles.
    most weird was a quaker memorial service i attended with a friend.

  • Comment number 27.

    2010 means the same as it did in 2009. A weak leader running the country & an extremist left wing BBC. Why is the BBC still refusing to allow majority public opinion to be aired on it's programmes? There are four main issues people are concerned about. Mass immigration swamping this country, soft on crime, left wing EU Commission making left wing laws we have to adhere to & the EU Commission's human rights act which gives more rights to the criminal than to the victim. The BBC has never in it's history allowed criticism on air of it's programming, so we can be certain 2011 will be no different.

  • Comment number 28.

    If you have to ask that question, it's an admission of failure: No, Auntie darling, the earth did not move for me.

    The best thing I did in 2010 was what the BBC is failing to do, and getting worse at doing at all. I maintained the basic standards of objective journalism. I told no lies in print, ran no photoshopped pictures, bent no stories, supported no murderous organisations, and paid careful attention to not creating (or buying-to-fit, Ms Doucet!) the news. I made sure that all my editors and subs are literate, able to distinguish, for example, between 'wreaking' and 'wrecking' and trained to give chapter and verse when the Bible is quoted, even in direct speech (see today's St. Paul's Cathedral story).

    But then again, most of my English-language editors are British, British English is their first language, and they have language qualifications and proven track-records as effective and non-racist editors - to judge from the evidence, the very opposite of the BBC.

    And no, I don't want to marry you. I've turned you down twice a decade for 40 years, Auntie. Don't cry, darling - it's just time you packed in trying to be sexy and tried for a personality instead.

  • Comment number 29.

    Hard! Frustrating! Confusing! Devastating! Financially crushing! Sickening!

    Beautiful! Amazing! Eye-opening! Hot! Cold! Alive!

  • Comment number 30.

    2010 got better and worse in many ways.

    On a personal level it improved but the state of the economy, the appalling vindictiveness of governments and the treatment & injustices meted out on the working people (the average majority) means that in the future we will pay a lot more for receiving a lot less in the UK.

    It isn't our fault but we have to pay. It is totally unjust.

    I have two children, one in her last year of secondary school. I fear for them and their future and cannot see how we can afford for them to go to university, how they will ever be able to own a home or even excel beyond their average backgrounds. This country has taken huge and backward steps this year and I despair for it.

    I hope that I am wrong.

    Happy 2011 to all.

  • Comment number 31.

    2010 was a year of total work. Weariness and desire to have rest have filled my head and heart these days.
    This was the year when I first realized that I’m getting older and older and there is no way back. I graduated form the university just a year ago but the life is so unpredictable and sometimes it’s really tough to cope with all challenges. I’ve got a job, get paid monthly, however, I feel that something is missing – childhood and carefree.
    I try to be optimistic and wish 2011 were successful for me and my family. I wish I concentrated more on personal development and entertainment at the same time. Hope everything will be fine

  • Comment number 32.

    3. At 09:55am on 29 Dec 2010, ruralguy wrote:

    It means the extremist left wing BBC is still refusing to allow the people a voice. I am an ordinary guy from an ordinary family, Mr Average. I pay my licence fee every year. The BBC belongs to the people. The BBC should refelct the views of the people. The BBC still refuses to do this. The BBC refuses to acknowledge or allow debate on the mass immigration swamping this country. I am not a racist nor would I ever vote BNP. However,


    If you think the BBC is extreme left wing then you have problems. I wish you good luck in 2011.

  • Comment number 33.

    27. At 10:59am on 29 Dec 2010, ruralguy wrote:
    2010 means the same as it did in 2009. A weak leader running the country & an extremist left wing BBC. Why is the BBC still refusing to allow majority public opinion to be aired on it's programmes? There are four main issues people are concerned about. Mass immigration swamping this country, soft on crime, left wing EU Commission making left wing laws we have to adhere to & the EU Commission's human rights act which gives more rights to the criminal than to the victim. The BBC has never in it's history allowed criticism on air of it's programming, so we can be certain 2011 will be no different.
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    You've clearly never seen Points Of View, which has been on the air for nigh on 50 years. Too extremist and left-wing for you rural folk ?

  • Comment number 34.

    My downcast mood lifted abruptly the moment Labour was kicked out of government and Brown consigned to oblivion. It will take years to recover from the mess that dreadful man left in his wake, but we see real improvements to our finances as each month passes.

    Closer to home, my wife and I were able to accomplish many of the things we'd promised ourselves after many years, and have been able to increase our volunteer commitment to the local community. My unusual pastime provides enormous scope during the warmer months and, frankly, I don't know how I found the time to work when I did. There is so much to do.

    By not spending or wasting unnecessarily over the years, saving carefully and taking responsibility for our own futures, we can look forward to an even better 2011 and beyond in retirement. With interest rates hopefully increasing from their artificial low next year, I could not be happier.

  • Comment number 35.

    3. At 09:55am on 29 Dec 2010, ruralguy wrote:
    "The BBC refuses to acknowledge or allow debate on the mass immigration swamping this country. I am not a racist nor would I ever vote BNP. However,"
    I think "ruralguy" speaks for a lot of us - the over-tolerant indigenous population of these islands. We are getting fed-up of seeing our traditional way of life sacrificed to this concept of multicuturalism, which is not our idea, rather one which the BBC and other interested Establishment organisations seek to impose upon us.
    My thought for 2011 is: We have always accepted strangers in our midst, but do not make us strangers in our own land.



  • Comment number 36.

    My first text of 2010, 1st January 9.00am, was to tell me my friends mum had passed away during the night.

    Eight more were to follow in the year, not all close to me personally, but close enough to feel upset for them and their families and most of them quite sudden.

    The last christmas card I opened on Christmas eve was from an old friend, enclosing a note saying she had advanced ovarian cancer.

    2010 can't end quickly enough for me.

    Here's to 2011.

    May it bring health and happiness to all.

  • Comment number 37.

    17. At 10:28am on 29 Dec 2010, mintman60 wrote:

    Had a great year
    A top job was coming up,but had no hope of getting it, but amazingly the candidate who was expected to do best in the selection didn't do as well as expected. Then was offered a sort of job share as long as I did what I was told by the main job holder. I was then able to do the opposite of much of what I had said I would do if appointed.
    Oh sorry that was Nick Cleggs year
    Mine consisted of trusting someone who went back on all he had said Thanks Nick.


    Well at least you have learnt one valuable lesson in 2010 - never trust a politician.

  • Comment number 38.

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  • Comment number 39.

    21. At 10:42am on 29 Dec 2010, AqualungCumbria wrote:

    Hopefully if i have done my sums right i will remove the need to use any of the large banks that have been allowed to destroy our country and 2 years after the event are still not being held to account.

    There only God is money and they are are quite prepared to let good people live in poverty, and even die , to uphold their absurd bonus culture.

    Well they wont be doing it with my money or business and hopefully many more will think likewise


    Looks like someone has been reading the tabloid press during 2010. Do yourself a favour and make a New Year's resolution to not believe everything the media tells you.

  • Comment number 40.

    It was a good year! Could have been better? Yes, perhaps!

    But I'm still alive and kicking. I still got a job, and a place to live.

    So, it's fair to say that it's been a good year!

  • Comment number 41.

    The only bad thing that affected me this year was the fact that too many fools thought the tories were a good choice.
    Sure labour "ruined" the country by starting the banking crisis and sub prime mortgages in the USA, and were responsible for the massive floods a few years back. (sarcasm, I know, but the right wing still managed to blame them for it somehow)
    On the other hand the real issue of MP expenses, clearly showed how out of touch the conservatives were (Duck house anyone?) yet people still voted for them?

    Out of the frying pan into the fire. Hopefully the current powerholders won't destroy the education system beyond repair by the next government, whoever they may be.

  • Comment number 42.

    2010 was the year where I hoped we had seen the last of stupid ideas (for a while anyway) from politicians, today I read that Francis Maude wants me to give my change to charity every time I use a credit or debit card.

    Proof, if ever we needed it, as to just how out of touch with reality politicians are. Wonder if Mr Maude had to take a 10% pay cut to ensure he still has a job in the New Year......

    I had also hoped for the end of the destruction of an entire generation of our finest young men in foreign wars!

    Cant wait for the petitions on Foreign Aid and the withdrawal of our troops to reach parliament - the thought of these are the only things keeping me going for 2011!

  • Comment number 43.

    41. At 11:27am on 29 Dec 2010, Fugl5 wrote:

    The only bad thing that affected me this year was the fact that too many fools thought the tories were a good choice.
    Sure labour "ruined" the country by starting the banking crisis and sub prime mortgages in the USA, and were responsible for the massive floods a few years back. (sarcasm, I know, but the right wing still managed to blame them for it somehow)
    On the other hand the real issue of MP expenses, clearly showed how out of touch the conservatives were (Duck house anyone?) yet people still voted for them?

    Out of the frying pan into the fire. Hopefully the current powerholders won't destroy the education system beyond repair by the next government, whoever they may be.


    Yes it was odd, but then so was the fact that 3 Labour MPs have been charged with theft over their expenses and another stripped of their seat in the commons for breaching the Representation of the People Act.

    Never trust a politician whatever the colour of their rosette.

  • Comment number 44.

    The past year has been like any other year. Full of happy highs and desperate lows. I cheered when Brown and co. got the heave ho but now have to face bigger bills due to essential cut backs.
    Politics aside my extended fractured family continue to break my heart but those still close to me bring me untold pleasure. I think I can remember when we were a united force - us against the world!
    The Ashes news has cheered me up no end.
    I would love to say that 2011 will be better but what do I know?
    Anyway HYS has played its part in keeping me sane throughout 2010 so I would like to wish you all a Happy, healthy and prosperous? New Year.

  • Comment number 45.

    "2010 is drawing to a close .What were the best things you did this year?"

    Is this for real?
    I feel like I've hit some home kindergarten or old folks home websites page by accident.
    All I can say is that checking out HYS during the last week of an extremely controversial year isn't one of them!

  • Comment number 46.

    I am a little older, wiser, and more sure there is no one who knows what is best for me. I continue to care about others no matter how fleeting or enduring the moment. There is still some fight left in this old dog and I'll continue doing my best to make it count.

    Looking forward to the revolution - it promises to be a truly revolting 2011 and good luck to all who revel in the muck and mire. You just cannot keep good people down.

  • Comment number 47.

    I've spent this year enjoying (and despairing!) with fatherhood with my two year old daughter. I feel like this year has been on a balancing rope and it's been an experience like no other - positive and other times not so much.

    Happy new year to everyone on here x

  • Comment number 48.

    Hello,
    Out of 5 years as an Research student, 2010 was a good one, i came to a conclusion that I was happy to choose UK but I regret for being in the UK and its reality...It may sound narrow but thats practical. Now, i am happy to go back to lead a decent life in both Nippon koku and Republic of India where my Entrepreneurial venture is. I am happy that I am leaving this country before the 31st and start my new year in a socialist region.

  • Comment number 49.

    36. At 11:18am on 29 Dec 2010, LouisW wrote:
    My first text of 2010, 1st January 9.00am, was to tell me my friends mum had passed away during the night.

    Eight more were to follow in the year, not all close to me personally, but close enough to feel upset for them and their families and most of them quite sudden.

    The last christmas card I opened on Christmas eve was from an old friend, enclosing a note saying she had advanced ovarian cancer.

    2010 can't end quickly enough for me.

    Here's to 2011.

    May it bring health and happiness to all.
    .........................................................................

    I must be going soft in my old age, not often a post on HYS brings a tear to my eye, but you can count on me to raise a glass to you at the bells and hope/pray for a better 2011!

  • Comment number 50.

    ONE DAY OLD TODAY......the Blitz was on and it was just as well the Luftwaffer missed the St Paul Catyhedral completely, and its still here to tell the tale. Elsewhere though it was no fun, only devastations and misery, and just our luck Mum and I were miles away from all these - 29 Dec 1940.

  • Comment number 51.

    Keep as many people informed of the impending doom that socialists and communists were bringing to the US.
    I can'r believe that a large number of Americans are willing to give up this great country and all the scrifices our relatives made in order to keep us free.

  • Comment number 52.

    Discovered geocaching and spent much less time on an increasingly tedious HYS.

  • Comment number 53.

    I have thought I have a wonderful house a cuple of times. I have thought about getting my house insuranced more than a couple of times. I have hated most of me friends and they hated me back. Some were pretty silent but I managed to curse them severly each time.I have had dreams which felt like real and I have had real issiues which felt like a silly dreams(such as comments in youtube and here and my job environment)
    I was close to killing my boyfriend a few times. He acted like he wouldnt mind and that just made me more keen.Once he tried to kill me though.I responded back. I dont know his whereabouts. But if he comes back thats it, you can count this as a confession.
    I frequently went crazy shopping and I wanted to bring down a couple of shopping websites.
    I laughed at discovery channel one day whole morning on.All movies were awesome and I thought if I were to plan a earth I would make it exactly like the movie watching.thus I turned and I tried to make sure I didnt plan this earth. I wrote a lot of formulas to show that it cant be me and my math failed me. I got more keen on birds (from a far) and on cats (as close as possible) I wished I had a dog and could walk on rope.

  • Comment number 54.

    Following 13 years of stupid government and bank regulators who fell asleep on the job, the voters wisely decided that no one party was worth electing to run the country.

    I bet Gordon Brown is not counting the pennies in his enforced retirement!

  • Comment number 55.

    I seem to be working harder just to stay still. I now have 2 jobs, but bills keep on rising.... 5 years since I had a holiday... let's hope things improve next year...

  • Comment number 56.

    I completed my first full year as a local SPD councillor.
    The first non German councillor this town has ever had.
    I'm really proud of this fact but I am now seriously considering getting dual nationality in order to vote in the state elections in March.
    I think Stuttgart 21 in its present form is a bad idea and I want say to my grandchildren one day that I voted in the election that removed the CDU from the government in Stuttgart.

  • Comment number 57.

    The only good thing I did in 2010 was that I never did anything bad and believe me that's an achievement !

  • Comment number 58.

    I was even more pleased that I had left the country and political correctness for good in 2009, best move of my life, it is wonderful here in the mountains of Slovakia, no polution, quiet and beautiful.

  • Comment number 59.

    A fantastic year yet again, no job, no money, no help from HMG, no hope and to top it all we now have a conservative gov. with poodle.

    I have given up all hope and moved abroad, may as well be broke and jobless in the sun.

  • Comment number 60.

    Still out of work (but still looking).

    Had I been at work there are many things I would have either not done or I would have had to explain repeatedly to an employer why I needed that time out (and some things I could not have justified taking time out for).

    Sick and dying relatives. Vulnerable elderly neighbours with conmen calling. An abandoned pet. Feeding the birds several times a day when the snow was too deep for them to find food. And others. Perhaps it was meant to be.

    I certainly hope I find work in 2011 because I cannot afford not to, but perhaps in 2010 this is where I was meant to be.

    For everyone starting out with optimism, for everyone looking forward with sadness, those whose views I share, those with whom I have crossed swords - I wish each and every one of you a peaceful and better 2011.

  • Comment number 61.

    Wikileaks!!!

  • Comment number 62.

    The defining moment for me was that I suddenly realised I was going to be 60 in just a few days time when I got a pension option letter.When I was younger,especially in the 1960's I didnt believe I would ever reach 60 and never bothered about wanting to get old,it was all live for the moment.Do I feel old now approaching 60?No not at all,its just the same as its always been even though I dont have a job anymore!I am never going to feel old right up to the moment when I pop my clogs.

  • Comment number 63.

    Ah, I forgot. I also wished in 2010 someone could explain to me about that wikileaks thing and that Assange guy who sounds like a badly trained actor.within 2 days still I can get to that answer perhaps. Bring me the rope! Anyone?

  • Comment number 64.

    Got a degree in Engineering to add to my one in Computing from the 80's and am now unemployed. Now using savings to buy necessities. Now experiencing fuel poverty for the first time since the 80's. Wife to lose her computing job in January from Lloyds who are transferring all technical work to India. I would say 2010 and the one to follow are just tickity boo. Thank you ConLibLab for keeping the banks rich.

  • Comment number 65.

    My political wishes were granted when I saw the end of the Labour Government. Best thing in 2010.

    I am now looking forward to the end of the Tory Lib Dem coalition and the return of a Labour Government in 2011 after a shambolic collapse of this lot.

    Basically, I cannot stand any of them.

    However, I send my new year wishes to those whose enforced poverty, lack of access to health care, and loss of educational opportunities, are somehow contributing to this country's future success.

  • Comment number 66.



    36. At 11:18am on 29 Dec 2010, LouisW wrote:

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    49. At 11:46am on 29 Dec 2010, pzero wrote:
    I must be going soft in my old age, not often a post on HYS brings a tear to my eye, but you can count on me to raise a glass to you at the bells and hope/pray for a better 2011!
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    Thanks pzero...you have a good one too

  • Comment number 67.

    2010 was the year when I sorted out my finances and got back on an even keel after years of being an indebted fool with my money. Never again will I go down that path. It was a year when people faced up to their demons and i'm glad I didn't take the ostrich approach that so many in this country did and still do.

    On a personal note, my partner's cancer is in remission, my daughter got engaged and my job is looking safe. Too many deaths among those I know but an equal number of births as well so you can't dwell too long on the negative.

    One of the best things of this year, and in fact the last 10 years, is to see how angry the left are at the loss of the regime they were told would last eternally. I have never witnessed so many dummies so spectacularly spat out, and it felt good.

    And the Ashes. A lesson in what can happen when a group of individuals combine to form a team and then put in the work required to improve. The FA should send a team along to learn some lessons.


  • Comment number 68.

    What? It's 2010 already?

  • Comment number 69.

    It's actually been a pretty good year for me. I'm self-employed and despite the current economic situation have managed to increase my turnover and come out in the black...

    I'm far from enjoying a luxury lifestyle, but the freedom I have is priceless.

  • Comment number 70.

    So far, so good.

    2010 has certainly been an interesting year, so many changes, so many things happening!

    Seems to me that more an' more things are happening in shorter an' shorter periods of time and if this keeps up, everything will happen at once :blink:

    Overall, I've thoroughly enjoyed 2010. 2011 is gonna be far more interesting and for me, interesting means enjoyable.

    It's fun to watch the carryings on of the political, financial, religious and military entities; it's fun to watch and compare the different spins put on everything by the varying media outlets.

    It's a sort of spectator sport. It's fun to observe - like watching a game of chess - analysing every move and figuring out what the next moves will be.

    I've observed: more and more attempts by the head monkeys to interfere in every aspect of our lives - with stronger resistance fom the people;
    a police state now in being - the police can now issue their own search warrants without need of a magistrate's or anyone else's order;
    a criminal banking system out of control being sponsored by a puppet government and
    ongoing dumbing-down of the people via drugs and vaccines, food additives and of course, the programming via the idiot's lantern.

    I also observe many people waking up to what is going on and a rise in the consciousness and awareness in humanity as a whole. This is not only interesting it is very exciting, for it means a silent, invisible revolution is taking place.

    We are all very fortunate to be here at this time, not only to experience some of the greatest changes in our known history but also to play our part in them.

    2011 is going to be a fantastic year, enjoy!

  • Comment number 71.

    "2010 has been an eventful year for the UK. We have seen a new government take over politics, Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement, and England have retained the Ashes for the first time in 24 years."

    2010 was also the year I began to hate everything just a little bit more.

  • Comment number 72.

    I started 2010 with my health & my family, and it's ending that way too.
    No matter what else has happened this year, that's the only thing that matters.
    I've been really fortunate.

  • Comment number 73.

    6. At 09:59am on 29 Dec 2010, Anarcho-libertarian wrote:
    took my son on a visit to New York City (There is nothing like NYC either).
    --
    Oh please. I been to NYC myself few years back. It was an overrated, overhyped dump. And there IS something like NYC, it's called a junkyard - smelly, dirty, crowded, full of rubbish, diseased, etc. My town's better than that place, and it's 24/7.

    ----------------------------------

    Anyway, how was 2010 for me?

    Well, spent January to August unemployed (in 2009 was unemployed from February through to December), had dozens of interviews, applied for thousands of jobs, been through many heartbreaks and frustrations when I thought I had the job but came second. My grandmum visited and saw the pain I've been through, absolute hell for the family. Job Centre assigned me to a training group whereby I met this very nice lady (a job broker though) and it was great to have finally someone to talk to and unload all this burden of shame and hurt I've been carrying for years.

    I finally landed a job in September, made some friends in the process, finally earning some money, things got a tiny bit better for me mentally. Then in the last week I learn that my last day is on 1st Jan as I'm just a temp (thought I'd finish a couple weeks later), and the manager's not going to keep anyone on. So from 2nd Jan '11, I'll be unemployed and back on the dole again. So hell awaits. This as well as David Cameron making millions unemployed over the next few years, I personally think getting a job will be hopeless. I want the Tories out as soon as possible, they're destroying this country faster than Labour did.

    I'm dreading 2011 to be honest. :(

  • Comment number 74.

    In 2011, I am going to sell up and move abroad to spend the rest of my life in the sun.

  • Comment number 75.

    2010 has been an eventful year for the UK. We have seen a new government take over politics, Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement, and England have retained the Ashes for the first time in 24 years.
    =========================================================
    Well, whatever 2010 meant for me, the engagement of two rich kids and the retention by South Africa, er, sorry, England by guaranteeing a DRAW in a competition open to only two teams are two events that were not personally notable.

    I think 2011 will probably be very similar to 2010 but with a different number at the end

  • Comment number 76.

    On a national scale Best thing Lib dems getting balance of power worst thing handing it to the Tories!

  • Comment number 77.

    I survived a stroke in April, much to the surprise of everyone including me. Lose weight, eat better, exercise more ... your doctor talks sense people!

  • Comment number 78.

    39. At 11:22am on 29 Dec 2010, Magi Tatcher wrote:
    21. At 10:42am on 29 Dec 2010, AqualungCumbria wrote:

    re: banks... there only God is money and they are are quite prepared to let good people live in poverty, and even die , to uphold their absurd bonus culture.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Looks like someone has been reading the tabloid press during 2010. Do yourself a favour and make a New Year's resolution to not believe everything the media tells you.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    (Better still: don't believe ANYTHING in the media).

    Without being overly dramatic and talking about the 'god of money', it's to be hoped that the financial crash has at least driven home the timely message that businesses DO exist almost exclusively to MAKE MONEY, be that for their owners, shareholders, employees or lenders. Banks and other finiancial institutions, given that their trade is money and that the business must be large, highly-competitive and impersonal, have been shown to be the worst types of businesses. Behind all the marketing hype of corporate responsibility and caring for customers and employee welfare, is the stark fact that anything goes in the name of profits, and you hardly need to be a media sponge to see this. Many have felt this via lost savings and now-increased taxes to fund the few who raided the till and then ran away with the swag. 'Bank robbers' has a wholly new meaning post 2008.

    One wish for the future is that governments and their peoples stop fighting the taxes-versus-personal-wealth battle, and take serious control of the runaway globalised business and banking world that is running roughshed over the better side of human spirit.






  • Comment number 79.

    2010 was a Godless challenge in a Godless country that destroyed my beloved pets, cars, home and all my possessions.

  • Comment number 80.

    We went to New Zealand for an extended holiday. Fantastic place, fantastic people - cant wait to save pennies to go back again.

  • Comment number 81.

    2010 started badly and went downhill.

    Still we should remember it fondly because things are only going to get worse.

  • Comment number 82.

    Some good , after 6 years scrapping with our LEA they threw the towel in and son is now at a school that meets his needs - we hope.

    Got a second Welsh Springer , Myfanwy , very different in personality to Bob , aged 3 years.

    Renewed the missus motor , after she seized up the engine.

    Bad - only worked 8 months of the year , not good enough. And if something doesn't come soon in 2011 it's going to be difficult.
    My older 3 children I still have no contact with , thanks to the poison dwarf.

    Many years ago I thought life would be easier at 50 , I'm afraid nothing like it. Hey ho , happy New Year !

  • Comment number 83.

    73. At 12:38pm on 29 Dec 2010, U8860545 wrote:
    6. At 09:59am on 29 Dec 2010, Anarcho-libertarian wrote:
    took my son on a visit to New York City (There is nothing like NYC either).
    --
    Oh please. I been to NYC myself few years back. It was an overrated, overhyped dump. And there IS something like NYC, it's called a junkyard - smelly, dirty, crowded, full of rubbish, diseased, etc. My town's better than that place, and it's 24/7.


    ===========================================


    Hey, don't knock someone else's happy memories. If they enjoyed their trip that is all that matters.

    If we all liked the same thing we would all have the same holiday destination and it would be awful.

  • Comment number 84.

    [first: sure 'F',
    aeroplanes=parcel bombs(see post time above), and the rest.
    It's like taking baby steps. at first one doesn't know one of the iota's.

  • Comment number 85.

    cont. ...from above]

    2010 ??

    meant nothing to me.

  • Comment number 86.

    Can't help but feel for those who are unemployed - also,have to admit to being perplexed by the apparent ease with which some people (the ones labelled as "feckless and indolent" by the press) appear to be able to claim tens of thousands pa - I received major hassle and minimum job seeking support when I was claiming £64 pw Jobseekers Allowance.

    As for 2011, it's rather difficult to be optimistic when we have a Chancellor who has been promoted far in excess of his level of competence - there must be more capable people for the job (and no, I don't think Johnson is up to it either).

  • Comment number 87.

    Terrible and Horrible just like a failed political party.

    Hope 2011 brings my dreams true.

    Happy New year to you all 2011.

    Lets celebrate all those who failed .

    Happy Happy and Happy snowy new year.

    Armani Pashtun

  • Comment number 88.

    Best thing for me in 2010, I voted in the mid-term elections and as a result the state of Wisconsin is now red. Ask this question again at the end of 2012 and hopefully the same response can be applied at the federal level.

  • Comment number 89.

    73. At 12:38pm on 29 Dec 2010, U8860545 wrote:


    Anyway, how was 2010 for me?

    Well, spent January to August unemployed (in 2009 was unemployed from February through to December), had dozens of interviews, applied for thousands of jobs, been through many heartbreaks and frustrations when I thought I had the job but came second. My grandmum visited and saw the pain I've been through, absolute hell for the family. Job Centre assigned me to a training group whereby I met this very nice lady (a job broker though) and it was great to have finally someone to talk to and unload all this burden of shame and hurt I've been carrying for years.

    I finally landed a job in September, made some friends in the process, finally earning some money, things got a tiny bit better for me mentally. Then in the last week I learn that my last day is on 1st Jan as I'm just a temp (thought I'd finish a couple weeks later), and the manager's not going to keep anyone on. So from 2nd Jan '11, I'll be unemployed and back on the dole again. So hell awaits. This as well as David Cameron making millions unemployed over the next few years, I personally think getting a job will be hopeless. I want the Tories out as soon as possible, they're destroying this country faster than Labour did.

    I'm dreading 2011 to be honest. :(

    -------

    Thats very sad. I was also out of work for some 5 months. But I dont eat much and mom was always around. Do you think that you can travel to a small island where a few dozens of people from an old tribe lives and are happy about the strangers coming to their island village? You can make a hut there and live with them? But I think you must go vegeterian, they are only eating plants and roots.

    If I was a guy I definitely would try that. but old island tribes are not happy about skinny girls walking around by themselves. :( they are not even counted as strangers, They are counted as plain stupid.:( If you go to that village please tell them that I am very upset about their behaviours!

  • Comment number 90.

    ...2010

    For the first time ever the thing I wished for this time last year came true: I fell in love this year!
    What I forgot to wish for was for him to fall in love with me too!@#

    So I'm making a note this year to be very careful with my wishes because really, they can come true!

  • Comment number 91.

    One of the best things I and many did this year was to vote out the most incompetent 'government' this country has seen since Micheal Foot and his fellow fools in the 70's. We can now see some hope that this huge mess WE have been left with will be sorted out. Good luck to the coalition, as they will need it, as many fools still abound in this country

  • Comment number 92.

    Worst news this year (indeed this century) the arrival of the condemned government.

    We are about to witness the first set of deaths as a direct result of condemned cuts, in relation to cutting the advertising budget for flu inoculations, I wonder how many people their cuts of the anti drink drive campaign cost?

    Mind you 2010 will almost certainly look better than 2011,12,13 and 14

  • Comment number 93.

    Why do people don't celebrate in Muslim countries ?

  • Comment number 94.

    Retired after 30 plus years working for the NHS, receipt of winter fuel allowances, thanking god to have achieved it, after watching so many of my colleagues die far too early.

    Hoping now to be able to recieve more of my many thousands of pounds tax I have paid in past through benefits. With longer term plans to invest to become more self sufficient.

    Now it's my turn to think of self..........

  • Comment number 95.

    I think the best bit of news for me was the Government's decision to cut or withdraw Welfare Support for the Disabled and Seriously Ill. Of course we cannot eliminate these workless parasites completely (not yet anyway) but this is a major step in the right direction!
    Read The Mail, it tells it like it really is!

  • Comment number 96.


    We Muslim are allowed to celebrate Eid and our new year around the world.

    But we don't allow others to do .

    What a justice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 97.

    Students showing that we don't have to take the same old nonsense.

  • Comment number 98.

    92. At 1:16pm on 29 Dec 2010, steve wrote:
    Worst news this year (indeed this century) the arrival of the condemned government.

    We are about to witness the first set of deaths as a direct result of condemned cuts, in relation to cutting the advertising budget for flu inoculations, I wonder how many people their cuts of the anti drink drive campaign cost?
    ==============================================
    So it's the Government's fault that people are killed by drink drivers? Not the drivers themselves then? And do we really need a campaign?

  • Comment number 99.

    forclarification wrote:
    the retention by South Africa, er, sorry, England by guaranteeing a DRAW in a competition open to only two teams are two events that were not personally notable.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    1. Are you stating that people should not be able to emigrate? On what grounds would you allow sportsmen to participate in a national team? I mean the foreign born members of the Australian team too. Reads to me like you have a bit of xenophobia going on.

    2. The Ashes is a cricket tournament between two countries. What is it you find difficult to comprehend about that? I presume your idea of a good football match would be to have three teams on the field at once?

    3. Have you never heard of the team that holds a title retaining it if they do not lose it?

    3. The series hasn't finished yet, so how do you know the series is a draw?

    4. Do you know the first thing about cricket or are you using it as yet another attempt to try and ruin someone else's enjoyment in that special way a section my wonderful fellow countrymen do?


  • Comment number 100.

    2011 Will be more tough year to increase food price .

    Fuel price will jump too

    Possibility of Earthquakes.

    More floods.

    Volcanic year we may call.

    Financial crunch 50%

    Highly population increase

    BBC and CNN will get more popularity

    More arrange marriages in Muslim countries.

    More lie by some politicians.

    The solution some of them ?


    Armani Pashtun

 

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