Another Year Older, Still None The Wiser…

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Yesterday saw another personal milestone come and go, I turned 50.


I thought things would be so much more different than they are.

Things never really turn out the way we expect of plan. As the old saying goes “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans….”

Never a truer word may be spoken because my life has tripped along for the past 50 years with only very minor parts of it happening as planned and the rest just resulting from day to day decisions.

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And So The Story Ends

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to the penultimate post day here on Planet Magnet. After this post there will be only one more and that won’t be for a couple of weeks as I tell the story of my walk along Britain’s oldest Road.

That means this is post number 499!


Quite an incredible feat but one that I suppose I am quite proud to have achieved.

I have always said that I would share my life with you guys for the next 499 posts, after which I would walk the Ridgeway for the Charity HENRY and make my 500th and final post about that very walk.

It is hard to consider the person I was when I started out on the journey. Some people don’t even recognise me as I have changed so much physically, others don’t recognise me because I have changed so much mentally.

Regardless of which is more significant I think we must all agree that since my surgery and subsequent life change, this person…

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With My Mum!

Is no longer anything like this person….


If we consider way back when I started this little blog after advice to do so, I was incredibly unfit, unhappy, lonely, I was letting life pass me by and I was disengaged.

No more though.

What a difference 18mths and the help and support of medical professionals and all of you guys here on Word Press who come to read my words every day. Some of you read quietly and fly under the radar and some of you read and comment and encourage. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you all so very very much and I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart.

You guys have made the incredible challenge of 499 posts a possibility and I am so happy that I have completed what I set out to do I think all I need do now is wish myself Bon Voyage, Bon Chance and Bon Temps for the next week of walking. You will be able to follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

So until I write and publish the story of my walk, I shall leave you with these words from T.S Elliots Little Gidding (pointed TO me by Osyth from Half Baked in Paradise but here mixed up by ME) and hopefully they will sum up all I have been trying to say…

“To make an end is to make a beginning so always remember last years thoughts belong to last years language whereas next years words await another voice”

So ’till the last time,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page.

Happy Birthday To Me, Happy Birthday To Me….

Happy Birthday Dear Magnet, Happy Birthday to me!!

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to Planet Magnet on the day he celebrates his 48th birthday. Amazing when you consider he only looks a day over 47 😉

Just as well Warner Music are no longer allowed to charge for using those lyrics otherwise I could be down by almost £1000 going on what they have charged other well wishers in the past…. 😉

So anyway, yes today is my birthday so shall I put my feet up and relax, take a day to myself, go to the pub, treat myself to some new stuff on a shopping trip….? Nah! I’ve got much better things to do than that….!

I am going to be busy for the entire day.

First thing I shall be collecting my little mate Archie and taking him out for a few miles training up to the Ridgeway, then I shall go to collect my dear mother as I am to be taken out to lunch to one of my favourite local Gastro Pubs – The Boars Head in Ardington.

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Wash Rinse Repeat

“I hear them saying tomorrow’s just another day, I hear them saying it gets better everyday” – Madness

So then, here we are.

Situation normal, it’s the eleventh hour and I’m sitting here wanting to relax after a quite brilliant day, I have things to say and words to write but I am knackered after fitting so much in to one small space of time. It was great fun though 🙂

I usually only allow myself one activity per day as for some reason that is about all I can manage, yesterday however, I went overboard and partook in FOUR! I know, crazy heh? I can barely believe it myself and I still had room for more, of that I am quite sure, so I reckon I’m gonna pay for this tomorrow with some aches and pains for sure…

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