For old skool Neighbours fans

Today’s random “That makes me feel ancient” thought: this year (well technically last year) would have been Scott and “Chaarloyyne” Robinson’s silver wedding anniversary!!

That’s right: it’s 25 (26) years since a young Kylie walked down the aisle with her bubble perm, to the strains of Angry Anderson belting out “Suddenlee you’re heeearing meee,” to tie the knot with lovely Jason and his mullet.

And yes, before any pedants pull me up on my maths, that legendary wedding occurred in Australia in 1987, but due to us UK viewers being 12 months behind back then, it wasn’t televised over here until 1988.

I had my tea in front of the telly that night, aged 11.  I remember brushing away an errant tear as the characters, including Mrs Mangel and Harold Bishop, cast those cheesy “loving” looks at one another across the church.

I haven’t watched Neighbours since I was at school, and Kylie and Jason obviously haven’t been a couple for several years, but I like to think that as Scott and Charlene they are on some level still together, raising their family in Brisbane, that well-known haven of exiled Neighbours/Home and Away characters.

Take it away Angry Anderson…


It was a walkover

This week I won my first ever competition prize since I became a serious comper in September – a pedometer from the Tesco magazine!!  Well it’s a start.  I was ridiculously excited to see the jiffy bag on my doormat.

I am truly addicted to entering competitions.  It’s the “Someone has to win – why shouldn’t it be me?” mentality that spurs me on.

I really hope this marks the start of a winning streak.

Or at the very least more walks.

40 things to do at 40

And so the countdown begins.  Well it’s a four-year countdown, but I’ve always liked to plan ahead.

I am not quite 36 but already planning my “40 things to do when I am 40.”  It’s a sort of bucket list, of new or unique experiences, some of them very small.  There will be nothing expensive or terribly daredevil on my list – don’t expect to see bungee jumping or white water rafting.  Where I possibly can, without being silly, I’m trying to think of ideas related to the number 40.

Below is what I have come up with thus far.  This is very much a work in progress, and I shall continue adding to it until I get to the elusive 40.  Any other (clean) suggestions would be welcomed.

– Plant a tree or something significant in the garden to mark the occasion

– Get a cat

– Get a second tattoo

– Self-publish a novel

– Have a party

– Have a nice holiday/weekend away somewhere

– Swim 40 lengths of a swimming pool (possibly for charity)

– Donate £40 to a charity

– Donate bone marrow

– Visit a cheese factory

– Have a personal shopper experience

– See a West End show

– Do a vineyard tour

– Do a cookery course

– Eat some new foods I haven’t tried before

– Go for a long walk (e.g. the Cotswold Way)

– Do a first aid course