Each weekend I buy the Saturday Times newspaper and each Monday I pack The Times Magazine into my handbag to while away my trip to work. Reading is one of the true joys of commuting (vs driving) for me and I tend to move from magazines to books and back again (alongside my daily topup of free news and views in the Metro) as the week progresses. Anyway, sometimes I find some gems…and it wasn’t until last night’s journey home that I dug out last weekend’s magazine and read an extract from the book billed to be ‘the funniest of the year’, The Midlife Manual.
Having only just turned 41, I have not really considered myself to be mid-life (although in a purely literal and slightly morbid sense, 82 is not a bad innings). And admittedly I didn’t say ‘Yes’ to many of the statements in the opening questionnaire although 14. (Tired. Just really, really tired.) and 16. (And angry. Christ, where does that anger come from? Why did no one prepare you for it.) struck a bit of a chord. But it was turning the page and reading the following list that had me nodding in vigorous agreement:
A new organic cafe opening on your high street
The arrival of the new Boden catalogue
Finishing Wolf Hall
A bountiful tomato harvest from your grow bag
Successful erection of flat-pack furniture
Being out in town after 11.30pm
Finding out someone famous has moved in across the street from you
The fact there’s an Argos iPhone app
The cleanup afterwards though? Not so great…lifetime on the hips and all that.
Beating a younger colleague at squash
A racy storyline in the Archers
The first of the season’s asparagus in your vegbox
Buggar me (in the Australian sense please!). When did this happen? And given I’ve ticked off most of these exciting things, I am now starting to wonder what’s left…so I’m off before stocks run out – you can buy The Midlife Manual on Amazon too if you want…but stand in line, ok? I got here first!
Note to JF: I think this will be the best use of birthday Amazon voucher! Thanks mate x