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#133 Find land

Any road of happiness needs to incorporate a voyage of exploration. Sadly, in the modern World there isn’t a whole lot left to discover anew. But a passage of personal discovery does still lie ahead. I’ve been getting itchy feet for a while and an urge to travel. However, responsibilities at home have meant I’ve had to reign in my readiness to roam and eagerness to explore....

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:: Memories box

Four years ago I set up the first memories box for the boys and as each year passes we close the lid and start afresh with a new cardboard collector to house our collage of life. Anything and everything can disappear inside, from sketches, to photos, to postcards. Slowly, but surely these little boxes are building a home for our memories. The boys will randomly pull out a box from time to time...

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#123 Run a marathon on every continent

It’s time for a challenge and this one may take some time! On Sunday I completed the Hoylake 10k, nothing exceptional in that, it’s a distance I’ve covered many times since discovering a love of running. What was exceptional though was that I asked lots of people to run it with me and some of them did. They each had differing abilities and differing running goals, but as a...

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#67 Go to London

One of the best things I’ve discovered in being Dad, is that my boys much like me are exuberant little explorers with a desire for discovery. Day trips and holidays over the last few years have seen us embrace the outdoors, spending nights under canvas and bobbing on the open seas, but the time has come to swap the tranquility of open spaces for the hustle and bustle of the city. When you...

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:: I am World Championship Bog Snorkeller

Sunday gone I realised my dream to compete in a World Championships. Admittedly the World Bog Snorkelling Championships which make up part of the inaugural World Alternative Games might not be the pinnacle of sporting excellence. My entry into the Games was a moment of madness earlier on in the year and I’ll be honest I had doubts along the way as to whether I actually had it in me to...

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#64 Conquer Snowdon

This morning I stood at the foot of the biggest mountain in Wales with a solo mission in mind. It took me until my 35th year to make my first ascent and ever since it has become a bit of an annual pilgrimage. I like this place, there is something special about it that draws you in. It is in so many ways such a static landscape, but one that also offers a fluid and ever changing picture. My...

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:: I am ENFP and proud

Guess who? After reading how Rhys perceived me recently it has led me to a bit of self-reflection over the last few days. The problem is whilst I know who I am, I’m maybe not always 100% sure what I am! That makes no sense I know, so I put the question to my close friend and work colleague Steve and asked him how he views me, who he thinks I am and what drives me. Steve is an interesting...

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#37 Own a camper van

Most boys probably dream of owning a camper van at some point and the neverendinglist would not be complete without the addition of a quest to have my own little house on wheels with the freedom to travel and roam from home. Material possessions are not high on the agenda these days unless they value to life in terms of smiles.  Whether or not I ever achieve the boyhood dream of hitting the road...

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:: A child’s eyes

Seeing the world through a child’s eyes. The school books have made it home for the summer and after a cursory glimpse through the mountain of work that the boys have churned out this academic year I stumbled across this picture in Rhys’s ‘About Me’ book. It caught me completely off guard as I glanced at the words accompanying the simple sketch below the title of...

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#47 Start a club

It’s fair to say that I’m a bit of an ideas man. Others may see me as a daydreamer, but it is also inherent in my make-up that I truly believe dreams can turn into reality if they can be harnessed with desire and partnered with determination. Ideas pop in and out of my head on a daily basis, most are forgotten about as quickly as they came, some lie dormant waiting to grow and others...

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