Just as I did with my ’40’ blog, I’ve come up with an initial list of ideas of things to do over the next few years. It may be that the final list will be very different as ideas change and new ones crop up, and that’s OK. It might be that I watch something on TV where I think ‘Ooh, that looks cool’, like I did when I saw a programme about eating lunch in a prison in Surrey. That was pretty awesome!

Experiences completed so far:

  1. Paid for a stranger’s meal
  2. Saw an original Banksy work
  3. Visited the Roman Baths
  4. Saw the Magna Carta
  5. Visited a Commonwealth War Grave
  6. Visited Le Vallee Des Saints art installation, Carnoet, France
  7. Challenged my claustrophobia – achieved by going in a submersible
  8. Visited a French castle or palace – Palace of Versailles
  9. On TripAdvisor, reached 20,000 readers, got ‘top contributor’ badge, ‘top photographer’ badge and more than 5 ‘helpful votes’ from other people
  10. Went on holiday on my own – 7 days in France
  11. Went to Hell-fire Caves, Buckinghamshire
  12. Went to the amazing Thursford Christmas Spectacular show
  13. Pulled a pint behind the bar


Experiences in progress:

  • Try 50 new foods, including foods not tried since childhood (so far: 21)
  • Watch the IMDB top 50 films as of 01.08.17 (so far: 21)
  • Explore 10 UK cities (so far: Exeter, Salisbury, Bath and Canterbury)
  • Visit all of England’s 48 ceremonial counties (so far: 17)
  • Take a photo of Mont St. Michel, France (done) and St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Experiences yet to achieve (list still being added to:

  • Cook a roast dinner
  • Visit Venice (Italy), Little Venice (London) and Little Venice (Colmar, France)
  • Walk the London Marathon route
  • Complete an IKEA hack
  • Eat at Dans le Noir, London where you eat in the dark!
  • Complete a beginner’s course to learn a new language
  • Play bingo at a bingo hall
  • Walk through the Alnwick Poison Gardens
  • Take photos of the Seven Noses of Soho
  • Sample whiskey in Scotland
  • Attend an arts and crafts class
  • Have a drink in St. Neale’s Yard, London
  • Hug a leg of Superlambanana, Liverpool
  • Have a kestrel or owl swoop down onto a gloved hand
  • Photograph the Coca Cola Christmas truck (as seen in the tv adverts)
  • Do 50 hours of voluntary work
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites anywhere in the world that aren’t directly linked to my other challenges
  • Knit a blanket for charity
  • Spend time with a zoo keeper feeding the animals
  • Operate a drone
  • Spend time with a blacksmith in a forge making an object
  • Have a professional manicure
  • Drive along Hardnott Pass in the Lake District
  • Do a snow angel
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Build a wall
  • Join the National Trust and use our membership 3 times
  • Have high tea
  • Watch a sporting event at the Olympic stadium in London
  • Do my dream drive through Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Croatia
  • Go to a festival
  • Go to a desert
  • Drive along Route 66
  • Visit the tar pits in Los Angeles
  • Take a photo of the 9 3/4 Harry Potter platform sign at Kings Cross Station, London
  • Serve food to the homeless
  • Set foot on Africa
  • Set foot on South America
  • Sew a zip into a piece of clothing
  • Go on a cruise
  • Operate a pneumatic drill
  • Learn to play something on a ukulele

…….and just in case you wondered what some of the things were I did leading up to my 40th, I wired a plug, milked a cow, co-hosted a radio show, hosted my own radio show, drove an HGV, drove a tractor, had a trial motorbike lesson, obtained 70 post-nominal letters from post-graduate training, etc., went to the Ice Bar in London, went to a belly dancing lesson, sat in the back of a police car, went in a police cell, saw a volcano, saw a glacier, lost 50lbs, performed on at least 8 pianos at the London Street Piano event, was a counting assistant in the UK voting process (including for the EU referendum), wore a wig for a day, got 100 followers on my blog, went on a London Duck Tour, ate lunch in a prison, spent an evening at the Portsmouth Play Zone on adults night, went clubbing, took part in a musical flash mob, went on a cookery day course and then replicated the meal for friends, got my belly button pierced, had a bikini wax, ate a Brussel sprout, made a piece of jewellery and wore it at a social function, went to a betting shop and placed a bet on the Grand National…..amongst others!