These 10 experiences now mean that the 40 ways year is complete! Amidst a very turbulent and saddening year politically and also personally at times, it’s been good to take the time as part of the 40 ways adventure to celebrate and have some great experiences. Here they all are in their glorious range and diversity. They have all been wonderful in their own way and I am very thankful for the gifts and generosity to make some of this happen.
Experience 1 :Who’s line is it anyway – Live – This was a great way to kick off the series of experiences. I was a massive fan of this show in the 90’s and Hazel’s gift was a real treat. Front row seats at the London Palladium and lots of the original cast, including the main man himself Mr Clive Anderson.
Experience 2: Wimbledon – My first ever visit to see Tennis at Wimbledon. This was on my sporting ‘bucket list’ and well worth getting up at 5am to queue. The sun shone, most of the time and me and my daughter had a fabulous day out.
Experience 3: Fullers Brewery – After driving past my local brewery on numerous occasions it was great to finally get to go and experience it. Good tour and a great time at the end sampling lots of great beer at the free bar!
Experience 4: Dinner at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ Restaurant – A real treat to dine here with Hazel, thanks to my parents for the birthday gift. It was a great night out and such great food.
Experience 5: Under the Sking – Poet in the city event at St Pauls Cathedral – A truly magical evening. 4 incredible poets reimagining the story and grandeur of St Paul’s Cathedral. Well worth listening to and engaging with the work.
Experience 6: Communion gig at Brixton Academy with Bears Den and Matthew and The Atlas – A great gig in a great venue. It was the first time I had seen either of the bands and first visit to Brixton Academy for quite a while. A beautiful night.
Experience 7: Cadbury World – Lots of Chocolate and lots of fun, a pretty good experience all in all, but I can’t say that I will be rushing back.
Experience 8: Brentford v Norwich – First Brentford league game, and great to be there to support our team Norwich. Unfortunately the game didn’t quite deliver and a 0-0 draw was not what we wanted, but a good atmosphere and it’s not everyday that you walk past Delia Smith in a West London suburb street.
Experience 9: Lisa Hannigan at The Roundhouse ‘in the round’ – An exhilarating gig. Her voice, her musicianship and band, all just magical. Utterly beautiful and captivating and in such a good venue.
Experience 10: Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard at The Hammersmith Apollo – Originally it was supposed to be Bon Iver in February, but alas the gig was cancelled. I was sooooo looking forward to the gig and gutted it was called off. However, patience is a virtue and almost 4 months on from the cancellation I got to see my teenage hero from Pearl Jam playing a rare solo gig and great support from The Frames singer, Glen Hansard, also a solo artist in his own right like Vedder.
The Eddie Vedder gig was my 40th and final part of this adventurous year! It’s been awesome and epic and such an adventure and now its over. I’m thankful for all of the support and encouragement and ways that people have engaged with and shared in the adventure
Over and Out