• A sky dive
• Go skydiving in a wind tunnel
• A white water experience
• Wildlife Heritage Foundation experience
• Drive a Routemaster and/or Bendy Bus at North Weald airfield
• Take a helicopter flying lesson
• Take a flying lesson
• An evening event you need to dress up for
• Take the train to Halesworth (Suffolk) and see if you can trace the route of the Southwold Railway
• Go for a run!
• Sample the artisan teas in Hitchin
• An all-day hangover after a jazz night
• A day at the horse races
• Start drumming lessons
• Visit a London museum (to relish having outlasted a variety of luminaries)
• A treasure hunt across London
• Go behind the scenes at the South Bank, and get tickets to an event
• Visit 575 Wandsworth Road (it's pre-booked)
• Some sort of Experience Day package
|But it’s March...|
• A balloon flight over London
• Make the mystery count go up to 1 (but this only counts in Feb)
• Visit somewhere you've always wanted to go and that's reachable within the limits of your one week/finances (it'd be better in the summer)
• Go up The Shard (with or without a celebratory meal) (and enjoy a cocktail at Aqua Shard)
• Visit every church and place of worship in the City of London ending upon the roof of One New Change watching the sunset behind the Dome of St Paul's.
|Already been, thanks|
• Travel on the Greenford branch line
• The West Ruislip parly train (see tomorrow's report)
|A bit too social?|
• As lots of your avid readers will be at work in London, why not spend the day visiting us all?
• Announce a Central London venue the day before where you'll be for, say, 50 minutes around 5pm?
• A celebratory glass of champagne and gathering on the Dangleway
• A flash mob up the Orbit
• Hire a 50 year old Routemaster
• Go on your first Saga holiday
|A bit too far?|
• Dutch Flyer to Amsterdam
• RailSail to Dublin/Belfast
• Take a Beck's Brewery tour in Bremen
• Very cheap flights are available to Kiev/Kyiv
• Go watch Selma at the cinema. The march took place on 09/03/1965. Then follow the route in Montgomery, Alabama precisely 50 years on.
• Visit some interesting trains and stations in NZ
|A bit too existential?|
• Pick a fear and face it;
• Plant a tree;
• Compliment a stranger;
• Do something your mother would have liked;
• Take a holiday from blogging;
• Shock your senses.
• Stay at home in a darkened room and slowly rock back and forth while sobbing uncontrollably and mumbling about your lost youth
|Very 50, maybe...|
• See what locations are 50 miles from London and take your fancy.
• A day out in London (or elsewhere) spending exactly £50
• Bus route 50 (Croydon to Stockwell)
• 50 minute walk through your favourite part of London (and telling us why)
• Visit 50 locations that were significant for some reason in each year you have been alive
|Very 50, hmmm...|
• Write a list of 50 things you have never done before, and try to get them done in 50 days/weeks/months.
• Find out how far away you can get from London for £50 by either bus, train or plane
• Collect up £50 in coins. Go all around London giving it away to good buskers, buying sandwiches for those sleeping in doorways, buying copies of the Big Issue and so on.
|Very 50, naaah...|
• Place 50 £1 bets on a series of events happening on the day and in the weeks ahead and see how the results turn out
• Do a "DG: then and now" post with selfies from each of your birthdays starting from age 1
• Eat 50 Creme Eggs, drink 50 cups of tea and 50 bottles of Becks
• A 50 pint 5-day pub crawl
|Fine dining options|
• Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
• The Hand and Flowers, Marlow
• A £12 knickerbocker glory at Fortnum and Mason
• Dinner at The Ivy (except it's closed until May)
• A London canal trip and dinner
• A Creme Egg to celebrate
• Go spend the day with your old man and brother in Norfolk and do something they will enjoy.
• Take the train (via Ely) up to your family in Norfolk for the weekend. On Monday 9th wake up surrounded by family. A Segway ride at Blickling Hall in the morning, then lunch, leaving the afternoon for a walk to Blakeney Point, driving back to Norwich station for an evening service back to London.
|Things I have actively researched|
• From Battersea heliport you could take a sightseeing flight over London with you and BestMate (from £150 I think)
• Sunday overnight sleeper to Fort William (waking up in the Highlands), then coach to Oban, scenic train to Glasgow, and train home Monday evening.
• Indulge that thing you never blog about, and then tell us absolutely nothing about it.