Bucket List – Updated

Nearly two years ago in December 2011, I made a Bucket List of things to do before I die. Like so many things that I start, I promptly forgot about it.

So I thought it was high time that I went back and had a look at it and see if I have accomplished anything on the list. The original post is here.

1. Watch The Godfather Trilogy in one day. 9 hours!
2. Watch The Lord of The Rings Extended Trilogy on one day. 12 hours!

3. Watch all six Star Wars films in one day. That’s a whopping 13 and a half hours!

  • I watched the six films over a 24 hour period on 30 & 31 March 2012

4. Run a mile without stopping.
5. Run five miles without stopping.

  • I have run a mile many times since my original post but not much further. However this week I broke the 5 mile barrier when I ran 6 miles this morning.

6. Run a half marathon.
7. Run a marathon
8. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.

9. See the view from the top of St Paul’s Cathedral.
10. See the view from the top of The Eiffel Tower.

  • I saw both views during a trip to London & Paris in April 2012

11. Tandem parachute jump.
12. Visit each county in Wales, England & Scotland.
13. Visit the places I lived in prior to Brecon – Crickhowell, Bushey, Whetstone & Soest.
14. Go to the place of my birth; Harrogate.

15. Visit New York.

  • I spent 4 1/2 days in New York as part of my trip across the USA in September 2012

16. Visit Dallas & Dealey Plaza.

17. Watch a Six nations match.

  • I watched Wales v Italy on 10 March 2012.

18. Watch a Premiership football match.

  • I watched Cardiff City v Manchester City on 25 August 2013

19. Complete 100 consecutive press ups.
20. Read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
21. Read The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
22. Go whale watching.
23. See the Northern Lights.
24. See the Severn Bore.

25. Do a complete loop on the Circle Line.

  • I haven’t done this, as I’m not sure it’s possible. I’ll keep it here just in case.

26. Swim with Dolphins.
27. See sharks close up.
28. Attend an F1 race.

New additions

29. Take part in a 10K race
30. Complete the Brecon Beast
31. Attempt a Tough Mudder course
32. Do a fire walk
33. See the Leaning Tower of Piza
34. Learn how to juggle

Wales 24 – 3 Italy

Six Nations – Wales v Italy

My first ever rugby match, that is to say my first ever live and in person rugby match. I’ve seen plenty of rugby on TV but somehow never a live match.

I’ve lived in Wales since I was 11 and I didn’t even watch the school team play, nor have I ever ventured out to see Crickhowell or Brecon’s rugby teams.

I went to this match purely because I’d never seen a live game, and why not go and see a proper game. This was an International match between Wales and Italy. I’m not even going to try and explain what I know about rugby (it wouldn’t take long), who the best players are etc etc because I just don’t know.

Going to the match also ticked something off my Bucket List “Watch a Six Nations Match”, but now I’m thinking I need to see a match in each of the six venues; Millennium Stadium (Wales & done), Twickenham (England), Stade de France (France), Stadio Olympico (Italy), Aviva Stadium (Ireland) & Murrayfield (Scotland).

What I did know was going into this match Wales, who were favourites, had to win and that pressure within the team, the crowd and indeed the whole country was palpable in the stadium.

Here’s a few thoughts in no particular order from a novice rugby watcher

1.            Despite being told “The atmosphere in the stadium is amazing”, I didn’t feel that today. I think that was down to the pressure I mentioned above. Everyone seemed nervous.

2.            It’s very loud! The stadium announcements, the music, the crowd (eventually). I only noticed how loud it was when I got outside and my ears were ringing.

3.            The woman sat next to me was very excitable, straight from the kick off she was dancing around in her seat, shouting at the players and the ref.

4.            Some people pay a lot of money for good seats but dash off to the bar when the game is still playing, the same people also leave with ten minutes left on the clock.

5.            The Millennium Stadium can hold 74,500 people, and it’s very big, but not so big that you feel distant from the pitch. Even though I was high up I felt close to the action.

6.            George North is very fast, he also wants to be a linesman when he retires. I know this because for the first few times the ball was kicked into touch by an Italian, George would move towards the linesman and point to where he thought the line-out should be taken from.

7.            Jamie Roberts is only 25 but looks 10 years older, for most of the game he moved like someone 20 years older and was being derided by those around me, and then he scored a quite wonderful try. Those around me soon changed their opinion of him.

8.            Rugby is quite hard to follow without Eddie Butler, Brian Moore & Jonathan Davies telling me what is happening, and I wasn’t alone. Not having a commentary means it’s quite hard to understand what the referee has blown for. In the opening minutes Wales were awarded a penalty; I have no idea what for! Nor did those around me. Luckily I recorded the game (with a vague hope of seeing myself) so I can find out what it was for.

9.            I’m easily distracted from the main action on the pitch. I found myself looking at replays on the big screen, the subs warming up, who the physio was treating, who Jason Mohammad was interviewing on the touchline all while the game was happening in front of me.

10.          I think I was on the big screen. It was half time and the friend of Mrs Excitable started waving like mad. Like me Mrs Excitable was oblivious and had to ask her friend if they had been on the screen. Her friend said yes. Now as I didn’t see it I have no idea if I was on the screen or not, however I think I can cling to ‘I may have been on the big screen at the Millennium Stadium’.

11.          It’s a small world. I did Jury Service in December with the bloke sat in front of me. (he’s not pictured below!).

I tried to get a couple of videos on my camera, unfortunately when I tried the battery low indicator came on. So the first two videos are shorter than I would have liked, especially the anthem, as it was just getting going when I had to stop,

Bucket List

A Bucket List is a simple idea; a list of things you’d like to do before you die.

I’m sure there have been bucket lists for years but they came to prominence on the release of a film in 2007 where Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman take a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”.

If you search for ‘bucket list’ on the internet, you will be directed to various websites with lots of ideas to add to your bucket list, the clever ones even direct you to places where you can pay to do the things on your bucket list (isn’t the internet clever!). You will also be directed to real and poignant lists like Alice’s Bucket List, Alice is a 15 year old girl fighting cancer, see her blog here.

The reason for my list is simple; I need to experience life and the world.

Getting a little deeper: Those that know me well, know that I occasionally get migraine headaches, what you may not have known was that my Mum also had these headaches. Ever since Mum was diagnosed with her aneurysms, we both wondered if I have the same ticking time bomb in my head. Now I don’t go around thinking is this my last moment! But I’m not getting any younger and I need to do something with my life…the life my Mum gave me.

My bucket list will contain the most mundane things, like watching The Godfather Trilogy in one day, to slightly more adventurous ones; a skydive sounds like scary fun!

If anyone has any ideas however wacky, then please let me know. I might not do them but they might spur me on to do something similar.

The List So Far – and a few explanations

1. Watch The Godfather Trilogy in one day. 9 hours!

2. Watch The Lord of The Rings Extended Trilogy on one day. 12 hours!

3. Watch all six Star Wars films in one day. That’s a whopping 13 and a half hours!

  • I’m a film fan, so it seemed obvious to throw in a few film related challenges. I know it’s just sitting, but its sitting for a very long time.

4. Run a mile without stopping.

5. Run five miles without stopping.

6. Run a half marathon.

7. Run a marathon

  • I can already run a mile but it seemed logical step to tick off on the road to a full marathon. I’ve wanted to run the London Marathon for about 15 years, but as Roy Castle used to say “Dedication’s what you need!” and I just don’t have it. My aim is to apply for the 2013 London Marathon, and not putting an estimated time of over 6 hours!!

8. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.

9. See the view from the top of St Pauls Cathedral.

10. See the view from the top of The Eiffel Tower.

11. Tandem parachute jump.

  • I have a thing about heights, it’s not that I’m totally scared of them (I have a healthy fear), I just have the urge to jump when I’m at height. I’m not alone in this, Google “urge to jump” and you’ll get a lot of responses from confused people like me, wondering why they have this urge. The French have a term “L’appel du vide” which translates as “Call of the void”, so just for fun I’m going to add a few “high” places to my list.

12. Visit each county in Wales, England & Scotland.

13. Visit the places I lived in prior to Brecon – Crickhowell, Bushey, Whetstone & Soest.

14. Go to the place of my birth; Harrogate.

  • These may take a while. If I leave the Civil Service in the Summer, then I’m planing on driving a weird convoluted route from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, so I might be able to tick some of these off.

15. Visit New York.

16. Visit Dallas & Dealey Plaza

  • As a boy I was fascinated by the JFK assasination, so a visit to Dealy Plaza is a must.

17. Watch a Six nations match

  • Despite living in Wales since 1988, I’ve never seen a rugby match live and in person (neither school, village/town or professional) so I have a tickets to see Wales v Italy on 10 March 2012.

18. Watch a Premiership football match.

19. Complete 100 consecutive press ups.

20. Read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

21. Read The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

22. Go whale watching.

23. See the Northern Lights.

24. See the Severn Bore.

25. Do a complete loop on the Circle Line.

  • I thought about this the last time I was in London, the Circle line has been extended so I’m not sure if it’s even possible these days. I shall give it a go though.

26. Swim with Dolphins.

27. See sharks close up.

28. Attend an F1 race.

29. ?