Lent Boy 2017: How Did I Do?

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WARNING! Please read responsibly. This Blog contains large amounts of smugness!
So, that’s my ‘Lent event’ over for 2017. What began in 2010 as a small challenge, has now grown into a much bigger test of will-power!

Some of you have asked how I got on, so here’s a short summary. Thanks to all my friends and family – and especially Ann – who helped me out during the period with modified menus and words of encouragement.

I began the challenge on the first day of Lent this year – 1st March – and finished at midnight on Thursday, 13th April (yesterday). Technically, I know, for some, that’s not the complete period of Lent, but it works for me! I also didn’t take Sundays off, and many have commented that Lent allows this but where’s the fun in that?
This year, there were 46 items to try and steer clear of – nothing special about the list except they are all my favourites! For 2017, I added ‘Coffee’, ‘Gin & Tonic’, ‘Lemonade’ and ‘Stilton Cheese’. In truth, after this many years doing it, I’m slowly running out of things to add!!

Lent List 2017

I lost a bit of weight too! I was 13st 12.5lbs (88.2 kilos) when I started, and I was down to 13st 2.25lbs (84.2 kilos) a few weeks ago – but back up to 13st 4.75lbs by the end. Porker!

So, all-in-all, I’ve lost a bit of weight, but it’s the ‘will-power’ thing that’s the real test. As in previous years, the toughest time was at the beginning, where I certainly had more-than-one attack of the ‘munchies’ around the lunchtime period. Things got better as the days went on though! The smug-o-meter was on the rise!!!

Out of everything on the list, I think I missed Curry and Chocolate the most!

As has been the ‘tradition’ since I stated doing this, I always try and add a few items each year to make things a bit more challenging for next period of Lent, and that’ll be no different for 2018 it’ll total 48. I’m adding two more – Salad Cream and Semi-skimmed milk (the latter isn’t exactly ‘a favourite’, but it’ll still mean an extra challenge for breakfast cereals and my tea!)

2018’s List of Banned Items
Lent List 2018

Now, where’s that very large bar of chocolate?!?!

Previous Lent Lists…


Caesar and Salad

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A puntastic mix!

We set off for Gill and Chris’ today and then onto Stratford-upon-Avon to see the matinee performance of – you guessed it – Julius Salad Caesar.

In spite of it being the day before Good Friday (where we were expecting a lot of traffic) we had a good journey there and soon found a parking space near the Theatre. The weather wasn’t brilliant, but at least it was dry and I was able to grab a few shots of the area before we headed for lunch!


Gill had booked us all a table in the Rooftop restaurant at the RSC – and it didn’t disappoint! Good service and a scrummy menu set us all up nicely for the blood-bath that was to follow!


I’ll be the first to admit that although I like plays by Shakespeare, I wouldn’t say I loved them, but this production certainly changed my mind. Maybe the immersive feel of the stage layout helped, together with the fab acoustics, but I was hanging on their every word. Such powerful acting delivered with buckets of passion made this a must-see!!
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Wow! Just ‘Wow!’, what an experience! Although It was a long production – over two-and-a-half hours – it didn’t feel like it and it’s certainly going to be a production I’ll remember for many years. It was impossible to single-out any particular performance, as they were ALL superb, but (for me), Caesar (Andrew Woodall), Mark Antony (James Corrigan) and Cassius (Martin Hutson) and Brutus (Alex Waldmann) were simply mesmerising!

When we left just before 4.15, it was still dry outside, but a bit overcast and so we headed for a local eatery for a cuppa and something sweet before preparing ourselves for the bank-holiday drive back to Gill and Chris’s. Obviously, we must be a bit out of touch with holiday traffic conditions these days, because we hardly hit any congestion at all going back, and after saying our goodbyes, we were soon on our way home.

What a fantastic day – and for me, this production of Caesar was simply outstanding!!