Happy New Year 2014

Christmas is over, and 2014 has started. There is something slightly scary about entering a new year – especially this year.

2013 has gone quickly – and I got up to quite a lot in the space of a year. Was it really 12 months ago when we had all that snow? In 2013 I spent a lot of time writing essays for uni; in May I saw Georgie Fame at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival; and in June I broadcast from Wychwood Festival for the first time.

2013 was also the year in which I visited the Greek island of Syros for the first time – staying in the village of Galissas. I went to Belgium as well, on a trip to Brussels with the Conservative Party. Travelling abroad really is quite fun!

2014 is going to be quite an interesting year. In less than six months, all my university assignments will have been finished and handed in. Lectures will have finished. I will have finished university.

What will I do when I finish university? It’s too early to say at the moment. I guess at some point I’ll have to apply for a job or two. I’m also planning to spend some time in Greece.

I’m quite good at Greek, and spending a month (or maybe two) abroad is what I need now, to force me to speak Greek on a regular basis over a long period of time. So my plan is to spend July (and maybe August, if I can afford it) in Greece. I’m calling it my ‘Grand Tour of Greece’ – which makes it sound grander than it really is.

So to sum up: I don’t know where I’ll be in 12 months. Worst case scenario: I’ll be unemployed. Best case scenario: I’ll have won the lottery and will have retired. Early.

Unfortunately for me, I am a pessimist.

Happy New Year!


Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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