Make an early start on bucket lists and laugh!
LONG before bucket-lists were invented there were certain things I wanted to do with my life, and when hopefully achieved, not to dwell on them but rather like a butterfly, move on to the next flower.
That’s me in a nutshell, you need know no more, and I will spare you too many examples save for one as an illustration.
I had a wildlife column in the Sunday Times, and I was so excited that you could pop into any newsagent the length and breadth of the country and buy a copy. One time I was in County Kerry and an article about Crowden filled half of the back page in the old broadsheetdays, and best of all it had one of my photographs of St James Church. Of course, the ST is sold the world over and I had letters from far and wide including China and the Cayman Islands. The column ran for two years, and I was even offered the chance to go and work for them in London.
Although flattered, I remember sending Andrew Neil a photograph of Bleak House and Longdendale and asked, ‘Why would I leave this?’ He said, ‘Fair enough young man’.
Unlike this column which has been running for more than three decades, my Sunday Times days were soon over, change of Editor and all that, but it was a tick, and a tick is a tick.
And while I’m on the subject of ‘bucket-lists’, the term was used, perhaps for the first time, in the context of things to do before one ‘kicks the bucket’, a longer-lived phrase in use since at least 1785 when it appeared in the book, ‘Unfair and Unbalanced’: The Lunatic Magniloquence of Henry E. Panky, by Patrick M. Carlisle’. The term ‘Bucket List’ really came into its own after the 2007 movie ‘The Bucket List’ starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
In the movie the two terminally ill men travelled around the world with a wish list of
Here’s a picture of Sean Wood and pals with Oaf front and centre
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