Song: Easy Love by Sigala.
Musician: Charlie Puth.
Movie: The Martian.
Book: Chavs (updated edition) by Owen Jones.
Restaurant: East India Club Dining Room.
Cocktail Bar: Ozone Bar of the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.
Article: The New Statesman’s piece on the mountain Labour must climb to regain power.
YouTube video: Anton Howes on Innovation & the Industrial Revolution.
Political moment: Waking up to learn I’d won my election bet.
Toy: Phantom 3 drone.
Song: Well it sure ain’t The Writing’s On The Wall by Sam Smith.
Album: I suppose after all the hype it has to be 25 by Adele but it’s pretty dreary stuff.
Musician: Neither of the above, sadly.
Movie: Paddington – one of the funniest films of all time, surely (OK, it came out in November 2014, but I only saw it in on the way to Peru in March).
Book: Am I allowed to say Magna Carta – A Primer by Eamonn Butler?
Restaurant: La Rosa Nautica, perched on a pier in Lima – with the Jumbo floating restaurant in Hong Kong a close second.
Article: Matt Ridley: ‘The Climate Change Agenda is a Conspiracy Against the Poor’ in The Spectator.
Political moment: The look on David Dimbleby’s face when he opened the envelope containing the UK general election exit polls and realised the Tories had won.
Person: Charlotte Bowyer – a hole opened up in the office when she moved on
Song: Run Away With Me by Carly Rae Jepsen (My top 63 list is here).
Album: E•MO•TION by Carly Rae Jepsen – one of the best pop albums of all time, in fact, up there with ABC’s The Lexicon of Love.
Musician: Carly Rae Jepsen (surprise surprise).
Movie: Inside Out.
Book: The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism, by J Michael Bailey – essential reading to understand one of the major debates of the year. Or the Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – I just need to apply it to my desk as well as my house!
Restaurant: The floating restaurant Jumbo in Hong Kong, followed by Megan’s Kitchen in Wan Chai, which did a (delicious) hot pot broth so spicy that I wept and spent most of the day doubled over in pain. Totally worth it.
Article: Has to be my own posts on StraightUpLondon.com, which Ben, Philip and I have set up to review London’s restaurants and (eventually) cocktail bars.
Political moment: Ireland legalising gay marriage in a referendum – the first country to do so by popular vote.
Person: Rachel Dolezal.
Song: Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean (a triumph for tropical house and beliebers across the globe)
Album: The Mars Volta – De-loused in the Comatorium (terrified warblings from ‘03)
Musician: Carly Rae Jepsen (my introduction to pop music)
Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road (if only for the Fallout 3 nostalgia)
Book: Albert Camus – The Myth of Sisyphus (assuaging my existential doubt in the least philosophically robust way possible)
Favourite sports moment: Chelsea’s decline (and, by extension, Jose Mourinho in all his petulant glory)
Political moment: Dave and Xi chillin over a pint.
Person: Donald Trump (for taking it upon himself to berate a Saudi prince over twitter).
Song: Frank Fiedler – Transhimalaya (full list here).
Album: DJ Richard – Grind (full list here).
Musician: Tuluum Shimmering – eight or nine albums in one year, all very good, is pretty impressive.
Movie: Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry).
Book: Dictator (Robert Harris) or Blindsight (Peter Watts).
Restaurant: Shotgun, Soho.
Article / blogpost: Would cracking down on guns in the US really reduce violence? (Robert VerBruggen).
Political moment: Madsen’s correct prediction of the general election.
Person: Donald Trump.
Song: Wild Beasts, Wanderlust (it’s 2014 but I think I only first listened to it in 2015).
Album: Maccabees, Marks to Prove It.
Musician: Laura Marling.
Movie: Slow West OR Mad Max: Fury Road.
Book: Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows.
Restaurant: Murano. Italian posh nosh. What more could you want?
Article: Hugo Rifkind: My Week: Robert Peston.
Political moment: Miliband doing “mockney” during Brand interview/Miliband pledge stone.
Person: Wiggo, for breaking the hour record.
Song: White Lightning – The Cadillac Three.
Album: Cold Beer Conversation – George Strait.
Subbing Musical for Musician: Hamilton.
Movie: TIE! Mad Max: Fury Road / Inside Out.
Netflix Original Series: Narcos.
Book: Yes Please – Amy Poehler.
Restaurant: The Dairy (Recommendation: Ben Southwood)
Article: A Bow to Charleston – Peggy Noonan, WSJ.
Political moment: Mitt Romney 2016 (any day now…)
Person: This angry patriot.
Song: House Every Weekend, David Zowie. My school leavers’ trip to Zante (aka Baes Abroad 2K15) would not have been the same without this song.
Album: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake. All songs make for excellent taxi music, relaxing music, or even telephone holding music if you’re cool enough.
Musician: The Weeknd.
Movie: Straight Outta Compton
Book: Girl on a Train
Restaurant: Oblix at The Shard. Tasty food with an equally tasty view.
Article: “The Dalai-Lama is as sexy as a fungal nail infection”, Rebecca Reid. (Discussing the hypocrisy of the Dalai-Lama saying his successor should be an ‘attractive’ woman)
Political moment: When Kanye West announced that he’s going to run for president in 2020. Iconic.
Person: Shigetaka Kurita (The man who created emojis)