Although my 40Fifty challenge has only been underway for just over a week, several people (and one radio station) have asked why I didn’t set myself fifty tasks to match my upcoming birthday.
Well the official answer was that the “forty” recognised my age at the time when my life changed direction completely, and ultimately led to being with Elaine, and I reckoned that was important enough to recognise in the challenge…
The other reason is that I ran out of ideas.
Anyway , here we are on the eighth day of the year and I have news of a third, yes THIRD completed task: finding someone born on the same day as me.
As far as celebrities are concerned, I could find only two people who entered the world on 3rd June 1964, the handsome actor James Purefoy, and Kerry King, the much-tattooed and slightly less handsome guitarist with the heavy metal band Slayer. Quite remarkably however, working away in the same department as me, but based in Leeds as opposed to Newcastle was the young lady pictured below: Gill Meston.
The fact that we share the same date of birth is amazing in itself, given the combined number of employees across the two offices is no more than two dozen, but we were born only twenty-five miles apart and Gillian Collins arrived at 6:30am, just FIFTEEN MINUTES before I decided to make my appearance. So presumably, whilst the Collins’s were celebrating the safe arrival of their daughter at their Leeds home, my Mum was pushing for all she was worth, over in Fulford Maternity Hospital!
As you can see from the photo, despite being fifteen minutes older, Gill looks about fifteen years younger than me – although in my defence I’d had an early start and the facial hair does me no favours. But no matter, task no.22 is now officially ticked: only thirty-seven left to go. Once again, please “like” my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/40fifty and please also ask your friends to do likewise, because any and all support is much appreciated.
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