My Journal Archive


Here you’ll find links to my old journal entries, from my years in Devon before I moved to London. I’m currently sharing them as a weekly Throwback Thursday feature.

My first journal was on an old social media site, while I was at university from 2002-2004, then I switched to a private offline diary from late 2004 onwards. I didn’t share anything else online until I started blogging in 2016.

In these diary posts I talk about my home life, university, career, socialising, travel, TV, movies, DVDs, music, current affairs and more, and I’ve mentioned the main highlights for each post below. Some details and events have been edited or omitted for privacy, but there’s still a lot to read. So I hope you enjoy them!

Click the links below to jump to different years:

1990s Holiday Photos

2000-2001 Holiday Videos

2002

  • January-March – Jak & Daxter, The Matrix Revisited, School Disco compilation, Lynyrd Skynyrd box set, Queen albums, Minder.
  • April – Queen Mother’s funeral & Queen albums.
  • May – Bjorn Again (ABBA tribute band), friend’s wedding reception, Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD, VH1’s 100 Greatest Men.
  • June – University Year 1 result, Exeter pizza and bowling, World Cup, Party At The Palace, School Disco compilations.
  • July-August – 19th birthday, university commendation, seagull down our chimney, charity It’s A Knockout, Exeter pizza and bowling, Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games, European Athletics Championship, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring DVD.
  • September – London holiday, HMV music haul, National Theatre backstage tour, 9/11, Grand Theft Auto 3, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.
  • October – University Year 2 starts, Grand Theft Auto 3, Queen, Madness, Angus Deayton leaves Have I Got News For You.
  • November – Friend’s birthday pizza, scratchcard win, Grand Theft Auto 3, School Disco compilation, Children In Need, BBC Radio 2’s Top 100 Number 1 Singles, BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons.
  • December – Christmas, college reunion disco, Freddie Mercury Solo Collection, British Comedy Awards, Joe Strummer’s death, Only Fools & Horses, year recap.

2003

  • January-March – Columbia disaster, Comic Relief, Led Zeppelin, digital radio.
  • April – Exeter pizza and bowling, police visit, London Marathon, David Jason’s award, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal.
  • May – Test The Nation IQ test, Die Another Day, Channel 4’s 100 Worst Britons, Eurovision.
  • June – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone film, Queen: Live At Wembley, Led Zeppelin, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • July-September – University Year 2 result, 20th birthday, college reunion disco, old vinyl records, World Athletics Championship, David Blaine’s box stunt.
  • October – University Year 3 starts, Derren Brown’s Russian Roulette stunt, The Bill’s first live episode.
  • November-December – Christmas, Queen’s Greatest Video Hits 2, England’s Rugby World Cup victory, Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers DVD, final episode of Only Fools And Horses, BBC Big Read poll, New Year Honours, year recap.

2004

  • January – Bournemouth holiday, Burnout 2, Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, Channel 4’s 100 Worst Pop Records.
  • February-March – Burnout 2, Janet Jackson’s Superbowl incident, Madrid terrorist attacks, BBC’s Best British Sitcom poll.
  • April-May – Digital radio, Blender’s 50 Worst Rock Songs & 50 Worst Artists.
  • June – Final university exams, D-Day 60th anniversary, European elections, Euro 2004, BBC Radio 2’s Sold On Song Top 100.
  • July – University graduation, job hunting, Queen, Led Zeppelin.
  • August – Full university results, graduation souvenirs, 21st birthday, Dad’s hospital admission, Greece Olympics, Animal Games, Queen, Led Zeppelin.
  • September – Job hunting & placement offer, Burnout 3.
  • October – Work experience placement, John Peel’s death.
  • November-December – Work experience leads to temporary contract, front garden development, UK Music Hall Of Fame, Children In Need, Christmas, Planet Rock’s Top 100 Classic Rock Songs, year recap.

2005

  • January-February – Temporary contract continues, Asian tsunami tributes & charity concert, Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King DVD, Live Aid DVD, The Bill’s police station fire, Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Music Videos.
  • March – School friend dies, Doctor Who: Series 1 launch, Comic Relief, Two Ronnies Sketchbook, Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Cartoons,
  • April – Temporary contract extended, Exeter socialising, drain problems, Queen Mania, Pope John Paul II dies, Two Ronnies Sketchbook & documentary, Amarillo charity single, Channel 4’s 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches & 100 Greatest Albums.
  • May – Exeter socialising, General Election, VE Day 60th anniversary, Champions League Final, Britain’s Most Watched TV.
  • June – Week in Exeter, Living Coasts, old college visit, Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, Doctor Who: Series 1 finale, Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • July – Live 8, London Olympics bid success, London bombings, Richard Whiteley’s death, Amir Khan’s boxing debut.
  • August – Job application & interview, 22nd birthday, JVC HDD/DVD/VCR recorder.
  • September – Job offer accepted, The Green Green Grass,  Hurricanes Katrina & Rita, ITV’s 50th anniversary, Queen & Paul Rodgers live album.
  • October – Digital Print World exhibition, Ronnie Barker’s death, Nine Million Bicycles single.
  • November – RNIB work equipment assessment, Bournemouth holiday, Children In Need.
  • December – Access To Work travel support, Christmas at home, Christmas meal with colleagues, Exeter socialising, Freeview digital TV, Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion, year recap.

2006

  • January-February – Exeter socialising, building work, Tom Baker voice text messages.
  • March – New Dell PC & Windows XP: Media Center Edition, BT Broadband preparation, Two Pints Of Lager: Series 6, Commonwealth Games.
  • April – Access To Work assistive technology, International Printing Exhibition, BT Broadband installation, Doctor Who: Series 2 launch, ITV Play.
  • May – Mac training course, Exeter curry and quiz night, Bournemouth social visit, MSN Messenger.
  • June – Health & Safety course, iTunes Store, World Cup.
  • July – Exeter socialising, Doctor Who: Series 2 finale, World Cup, Sport Relief.
  • August – 23rd birthday, work CCTV magnifier, Exeter socialising, terrorist plot foiled.
  • September – Colleague’s wedding reception, James Bond box set, Freddie Mercury: Lover Of Life & Singer Of Songs, Danger Mouse, Steve Irwin’s death, Richard Hammond’s dragster crash.
  • October – Exeter socialising, building work, DVD & music purchases.
  • November – Bournemouth holiday, new TV & home cinema system, Doctor Who DVD audio navigation, PDF vs Word at work, Dad’s eye operation, Children In Need.
  • December – Christmas at home, Christmas meal with colleagues, Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride & celebration concert, year recap.

2007

  • January – Exeter socialising, arranging trips to Blackpool & Spain, MSC Napoli cargo ship crash.
  • February – Blackpool students conference, Exeter socialising.
  • March – Exeter socialising, Comic Relief, premium rate phoneline scandals.
  • April-May – Bournemouth & Exeter social visits, Spain holiday preparations, Virginia Tech university shooting, GMTV phone-in scandal, Madeleine McCann disappearance.
  • May (Spain Holiday) – Torremolinos, accommodation, food & drink, shopping, Málaga, Ronda (including photos).
  • June-July – Social outing with colleagues, Doctor Who: Series 3 finale, London 2012 Olympics logo, floods.
  • August-September – 24th birthday, Portsmouth social visit, Exeter socialising, Nokia 6300 phone, Northern Rock.
  • October-November – London visit for Nan’s 100th birthday (with photos), Bournemouth visit for best mate’s birthday, Exeter socialising.
  • December – Christmas at home, Christmas meal with colleagues, Led Zeppelin reform, missing canoeist John Darwin, New Year Honours, year recap.

2008

  • January-February – Exeter New Year party and socialising, norovirus, phoneline fault.
  • March – Work PC repair, Bionic Woman, UK earthquake, Prince Harry news blackout, Heathrow Terminal 5 opening, oldest recording of the human voice, Radio Times Top 25 TV Put-Downs.
  • April – Exeter socialising, Friends Reunited contact, European Computer Driving Licence, bank account glitch, Queen + Paul Rodgers: C-lebrity, Doctor Who: Series 4 launch, BBC flying penguins.
  • May – Plymouth shopping, Teignmouth weekend with friends, Change Workshop. Josef Fritzl, Exeter explosion, Eurovision.
  • June – Exeter socialising, Plymouth shopping, office technical problems, Paul Merton Collection DVD, Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Concert.
  • July – Exeter socialising, Doctor Who: Series 4 finale, Torchwood: Series 1 DVD, strange names in New Zealand.

To be continued – check back each week for more!

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