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So…there it was

So, last year I turned 45, as I may have mentioned. And realising my next birthday milestone would be 50 (50!), I decided to‘celebrate’ by attempting 45 challenges over the year, and asked people for suggestions. It was only intended … Continue reading

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Task: Work a shift at the River Café

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It’s 9am exactly as I arrive for my shift at the River Café in Hammersmith.  I feel really privileged to be here and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.  I’ve been once before for a birthday dinner and I’ve never forgotten it.  The restaurant … Continue reading

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Task: Take Someone You Love to Paris

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Oh Paris! City of Lights…City of L’amour…City of…er…laminated menus with photographs of omelette and frites in strip-lit bistros. Romantic weekends in Paris come with expectations higher than the heels that all of Tom Cruise’s ex-wives take great pleasure in being able to wear again, … Continue reading

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Task: Follow Someone for a Day

This task was suggested by someone who’s first idea was ‘Pick up the shattered pieces of your broken life and learn to laugh again’.  When I pressed him for another he said, ‘Follow someone for a day’. So I tried.  I sloped … Continue reading

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Task: Run a marathon

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A marathon is beyond me; I can’t even drive that far.  I get tired just watching the London marathon. However, as a compromise, I sign up for a 5k charity run.  The ‘Race for Life’ is organised by Cancer Research.  I’ve never taken part in anything … Continue reading

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Task: Make a celebrity friend

Henry Kissinger said, ‘The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people, they think its their fault.’  No word on the nice thing about being a celebrity’s friend.  But like anyone as deep as a puddle, … Continue reading

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Task: See a Natural Wonder of the World

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I am on a reindeer sledding expedition in Swedish Lapland.  We’re driving reindeer and getting a glimpse into the life of the indigenous and formerly nomadic Samí people. Tonight we’re spending the night in a tent.  We’ve lined up our sleeping bags, as close to … Continue reading

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