My #101in1001 challenge 40% update

Day Zero Project

I finish this challenge on July 29th 2020 and absolutely horrified that I am yet to complete even half of the challenges. As I have explained though, life takes its twists and turns and you have no idea where it is going to take you, which can be part of the fun, but haha also a bit of a nightmare.

This has been a really fun section of the challenge because it has incorporated a HUGE holiday which helped tick off quite a few tasks taking me into the next update.

Looking at my remaining challenges – health, exercise and fitness has been and always will be my sticking point – heeeeeeelp!

Here is a record of ten challenges I have managed to tick off.

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Go to a recording of a TV Show #101in1001 #92

Last week I unexpectedly ticked off another one of my 101in1001 challenges, I went to Pinewood studios to see a recording of a TV Show, on this occasion it was The Mash Report hosted by Nish Kumar.

I have previously seen two TV shows recorded and enjoyed both the experiences. The first was QI, back when Stephen Fry was the host. It was about April/May time when the episode was recorded so imagine our surprise when we entered the studio to find they were recording the Children In Need episode to be aired in November. One of the guests was the late Terry Wogan which made it even more special.

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Out and About: Berlin (days 2 and 3)

Out and About: Berlin (days 2 and 3)

Day 2

Nice breakfast to set us up for the day. We took the U-Bahn to the Brandenburg Tor to get a closer look and visit the tourist office nearby., Luckily we did, there was a jobs fair at the Olympic Park so we postponed our plans to visit until tomorrow.

From the Tor, we headed East from Pariser Platz down the magnificent main parade marveling at the magnificent buildings. The French and American Embassies have pride of place in the square but just around the corner nestles the British Embassy in a striking Modern building.

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Out and About: Berlin (Day One)

My son and I had a whirlwind trip to Berlin back in March. The weekend was primarily so that he could practice his German (GCSEs are just around the corner now) and to learn a little history too, but it is nice to get away as well, and I certainly wasn’t going to say no.

Berlin is an hour and a half flight from Gatwick, there are two airports both within easy reach of the city centre, so is perfect for a weekend. Don’t expect to cover it all in a weekend though, there is so much to do. We did a lot, and I mean a LOT but hurrah there is still enough left to warrant a second visit.

Berlin is easy to get around. My tip is to stay as close as you can to the U-Bahn (underground) or S-Bahn (rapid transit city train) and you’ll get everywhere easily. Our hotel was called the Titanic Comfort, despite a few minor housekeeping hiccups it was comfortable, functional and best of all it was two mins from Spittlemart U-Bahn and a short 15 walk from Checkpoint Charlie which was where our two and a half day adventure and history download began!

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Play Pooh Sticks with Isla. #101in1001 #8


Play Pooh Sticks with Isla. #101in1001 #8

I always count my blessing that we live only twenty minutes away from my happy place, the glorious Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Ashdown was one of the reasons we moved to East Grinstead many moons ago and since then I have always enjoyed our rambles through its wooded copses and over its rolling hills with my family.

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Out and About: In Nottingham

When I dropped Charlie off at University the most I saw of Nottingham was a retail park where we picked up a few last bits. I left and I hadn’t seen Nottingham at all.

We had our first opportunity to look around when we visited her during half term. Charlie, by now, knew the town centre fairly well (and naturally one or ten nightclubs) but she welcomed the opportunity to look around some of the touristy places with her family.

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