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Unforgettable Life Experiences

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A man is the sum of his memories. A Time Lord even more so.

Similar to the "list of things to do before you die".

When you think back, what are the things that you did that you remember so fondly? That were extraordinary?

They don't have to necessarily be expensive.

For example:

- Skiing in France (Val Cenis). Right at the very top of the mountain, in a white-out. Insanely cold, some element of danger, but exhilarating.

- The balloon drop at 12:30am during clubbing at G-A-Y on a Saturday night. The atmosphere and euphoria at that moment: everyone was "as one".

- The sound system at Peach @ Camden Palace (club night in the 1990s)

- Driving a jeep around Tenerife and up Mount Teide, the feeling of freedom and confidence especially as I was young and highly self-confident

- Camping in the New Forest and waking to discover the munching sound was a horse eating our food, and at night, watching the ISS go around

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Seeing the ancient sites in Egypt, on holiday with my dad, before he died.

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Flying into Perth Western Australia airport early morning Nov 1989.....asked to go into cockpit, the air hostess agreed and I will never forget the magical moment of seeing the whole of Western Australia the sea a beautiful clear morning as the plane was descending to land.....will never forget that amazing moment.......a big thank you to all the crew.

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Hmm. Quite a few mountain experiences, though it's hard to single out particular ones. Some Icelandic experiences, like walking on a live, smouldering volcano, or under a glacier, bathing in the amazing mix of volcanic and glacial waters. Or Alpine fourthousanders, and enduring a big storm in a bivvy-bag on the snows of a high pass. Or the spectacular sunset on the Gran Sasso. Or shooting the rapids, especially in New Zealand.

Or maybe promming the entire Ring cycle at Covent Garden when they'd taken all the stalls seats out to make room for 700 at student price £3/head in what would normally be some of the most expensive seating in the house. The cameraderie of the prom queues (especially the final day, when I arrived just after 8a.m. and was about #300 in the queue) followed by music to die for. Or maybe cycling across the Cotswolds from Bath to Cheltenham for the world premier of Judith Weir's first opera.

Or perhaps I should single out performing over just listening. Maybe the choir where I met the soprano who ... um ... joined me in practical exploration of the naughty bits of Carmina Burana (as well as introducing me to the Kama Sutra). Or opera productions leaving me on such a high I'd walk back home from Leeds to Sheffield via the Pennine Way from Marsden 'cos it was far too late for the last train back after the last night party. Or singing on the river in Cambridge, or in the grounds of a stately home in Rome.

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The first time I held a frame of bees.
I'd gone along because I was vaguely interested as my neighbour was getting bees.
But holding that frame of bees just filled me with such a feeling that I had to have my own bees.

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I once put some coins into one of those charity boxes.

This is a list highlighting what you have done, not what you might do one day.

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This is a list highlighting what you have done, not what you might do one day.

No, it's true. Three pennies and threepenny bit - found them in my best trousers pocket. We had gone decimal though - so what else was I supposed to do with them?

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The first time I jumped out a Wessex in bandit country (my first operational tour). The first time someone made a concerted effort to kill me, and failed! It's difficult to explain the exhilaration, the rush, you get at these times. It's equally difficult to explain the downer you experience after....

Being invited to parade with the New York Pipe Bands on Tartan Day.... Christ, we were 10-feet tall, even the 5-foot nothing weedgie's!

Queen Charlotte Drive on a mates XT600. Corner after corner, stunning view after stunning view, and then brewing up over a camp fire with friends of 20 years good standing.

Similarly riding down the Rockies on a BMW tourer with the love of my life on the back seat singing along to Bob Dylan.

Sitting at the top of Schiehallion on a bitter, bright, February morning on me lonesome. Dunking bread into a mug of tomato soup while watching the raptor's hunt.

Watching the hedgehog in our new garden hunting slugs.....

Life is good, and far better than the alternative :D

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i think I'm going to be sick :(

Aye, but you'd need specialist help to expunge that experience from your mind, wouldn't you? The topic is "Unforgettable" after all, not unforgettably good!

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Selling nearly 400T of the UK gold reserves between 1999 & 2002 after pre-announcing the sale and sending the spot price to a 20 year low.

Still laugh about it now.

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Unforgettable Life Experiences - Contacting BT's call center for technical support.

....contacting BT for anything.......if not stressed out before the call, you most certainly will be by the end of it..... ;)

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Captaining the England junior karate team at 14 and lifting the trophy. Was so stressed I didn't smile until about two days later :)

Representing your country at an international level must be a fantastic high!

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First solo flight. I felt like Slim Pickens at the end of Dr Strangelove :)

Presumably it ended better for you than it did for Major Kong?

Short of a moon walk, and perhaps that freefall thing from the edge of space, both of which I'm getting a bit old for, getting a PPL for multi engined aircraft is top of my bucket list.

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Presumably it ended better for you than it did for Major Kong?

Short of a moon walk, and perhaps that freefall thing from the edge of space, both of which I'm getting a bit old for, getting a PPL for multi engined aircraft is top of my bucket list.

Go for it! I've only got a single-engine licence (but at commercial level) - for light aircraft single are safer than twins.

Done some aeros too - spinning and looping - but nearly lost my lunch on the former. :unsure:

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