It's Diamond Geezer's fiftieth birthday this year too. His falls in March, and not on a Saturday, so his options are perhaps more limited - but he has canvassed the opinions of his readers as to what would be a good way to celebrate, and ranked the suggestions in order of likelihood. My idea of a canal boat trip appears to have made the cut (if you'll excuse the pun).
I now also need to come up with new and memorable ideas of how to celebrate my half century, and, like DG's readers, you are more than welcome to contribute. As I have booked the leave, I will likely be boating on and around the day itself - but London is no longer the favourite destination.
One idea is to share the wonders of Chertsey with my Sheffield friends and colleagues by getting as close as possible to the city. One option would be to come to Rotherham via Trent Falls, but favourite is to revisit the Peak Forest Canal, where we were, amazingly, last with Andante in 2006. It will be interesting to see whether my steering through narrow bridgeholes has improved. We've been down the Trent three times since last visiting the Macclesfield and Peak Forest (and broken down twice with Chertsey in the process), so that's definitely a reason for going north rather than east.
However, other ideas - alternative or additional - are still very welcome.
And I haven't actually forgotten about the tattoo.
I wish that I knew then what I know now.
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