I have all 30 challenges! It’s been 3 months of pestering and prodding a bunch of extremely busy people and I am oddly chuffed to have got this far. I’d like to say that the hard part is over but…

  1. Create a Graphic Novel

I’m really excited about this one. Hannah, my wonderful zoo-lady and best Manchester pal, has set me this challenge. It’s something I don’t know much about, I’ve only ever read a couple of graphic novels in my life and I can’t draw for toffee but I’m excited to delve in, explore a new art form and get creative. And I know a couple of Manchester guys who will definitely point me in the direction of some research material. Ol and Al, I’m looking at you.

  1. Sing Solo Karaoke

I’ve only done karaoke once and one ill-advised duet of R. Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) later I was pretty much over it. Singing solo in public is up there on my list of nightmare scenarios and not something I’ve indulged in since the heady days of Les Mis at sixth form, so I’ll have to ask Phil whether I’m allowed to be inebriated for this one.

  1. Walk the Norwegian Fjords

A slightly cheeky one from Anna, who is basically just after a holiday companion. This completely breaks the ‘make it cheap’ rule, but I’m letting it slide because HAVE YOU SEEN HOW BEAUTIFUL THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS ARE? We’ve made a bit of a head start, it will be in June, we’re trying to do it as cheaply as possible and we will hopefully be booking flights this week. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

  1. Show Some Gratitude

The north west has just regained Alex, and I am very grateful to him for this Buddhist-inspired challenge:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify the FIVE most important people in your life and show them some gratitude – simple as that. Whoever they are, reflect some on what they mean to you and find an opportunity to sit down with each of them (or if they’re not here any more write them a letter…) and tell them plainly what you’d like to thank them for and give them a big hug.

This will no doubt be an emotional one, but is so simple and something I reckon everyone should do, right now.

  1. Research your Family Tree

I did a project when I was 9 called ‘About Me’ where I researched my family tree. All I remember (perhaps erroneously) is that one of my great-great-grandparents was known as ‘Diamond’ Jim Downey and that for some reason my surname should really be Jackson. I’m really glad the brilliant Tracey gave me this challenge and I hope it leads to me discovering many exciting new family connections.


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