Make an early start on bucket lists and laugh!

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - SEAN WOOD

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

The Laugh­ing Badger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Pad­field, Glos­sop

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