CEL­E­BRAT­ING MY AGE

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I wasn’t wor­ried about turn­ing 50, and, ac­tu­ally, it felt great when I did. I threw a whop­ping party, and my close friends and fam­ily did a re-en­act­ment of the Stone­henge num­ber from This Is Spinal Tap. It was one of the top-five mo­ments of my life – two births, get­ting mar­ried, meet­ing Perks [Sue Perkins] (that’s got to be up there), and Stone­henge. It was amaz­ing. Sue was on the bass; she’s never played it be­fore and she learnt the part on hol­i­day. And she nailed it. She picks up stuff so quickly. Lit­er­ally, you could just tell her, ‘Learn the harp and I want you to play in a con­cert to­mor­row,’ and she’d do it. So an­noy­ing.

I was wor­ried that Sue was go­ing to prank me be­cause I pranked her quite badly on her 30th with a go­ril­la­gram. I got away with it for my 40th, and I thought if I went for a big 50th she’s go­ing to pull some­thing re­ally bad out of the bag. I think I got away with it. But she’s 50 next year…

A lit­tle bit more ex­er­cise is oc­cur­ring

now that I’ve turned 50. I’ve al­ways been a mas­sive devo­tee of aqua aer­o­bics, and I’m ob­sessed with our class. Ev­ery­one is so de­light­ful. I love them all. Peo­ple think it’s just a bunch of mid­dle-aged women like hip­pos at a wa­ter­ing hole. To those naysay­ers, I say come and try a class. If you don’t make any ef­fort, and you just kind of waft around, it will do ab­so­lutely noth­ing but if you re­ally, re­ally go for it, it’s in­cred­i­ble. You step out of the pool and you just feel men­tally and phys­i­cally amaz­ing. I rec­om­mend it.

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