I think I’ve come up with doable and realistically achievable Fifty Five by Fifty Five list. From publishing it today I have 6 years, 10 months, 8 days or 2504 days. The list isn’t in any order, but, I know there’s a method to the madness.
During 2020 the world basically shut down due to a Worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus Covid-19. From Jan to March we watched as the virus took hold and from March to current, the 1st of September we have been confined to our houses for three months and all business including shops, travel and restaurants shut down. As of now we all have to wear masks in enclosed public places: Shops, Museums, Gyms etc. and we all have to stay 2 metres apart in public from people we don’t live with. Theatre and gigging still haven’t been given leave by the government to resume and heading into Winter we have been told to expect a second spike in deaths. To date Worldwide there have been 848,000 deaths and 25.3 million cases. Given how various countries like China and Russia have actively misquoted their deaths and ‘third world’ countries don’t have the infrastructure to accurately tack their deaths the likely amount of deaths is well over a million.
Given this, and praying the world returns to normal in 2021 it’s only fair I give myself another year. Certainly apart from physically being unable to do anything like travel or attend public events Lockdown, in which we were all housebound for three months has negatively impacted on my mental health.
Given how much of a fuck-up 2020 has been I’ll think of and add another task but we’ll have to call this list 56 by 56 from now on.
In bold, the task is in progress.
Struck-through, I’ve completed the task.
Give up Smoking. (As of March 2020 started smoking again during Lockdown). 2020 – Give up Smoking.
#2. Eat alone in three different restaurants c/w starter, drink and main. A Chinese, a posh restaurant and a bistro. Not rushed!
#3. Take a date for a progressive meal out; starter, main and dessert in different restaurants.
#4. Get Forty Years a Punk finished and published. Get the secondary projects underway.
#5. Get the damn Gofundme live!
#6. Travel to each of the Continents; Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica.
#7. Swim in at least 15 London Lido’s. (
Parliament Hill Lido, The Oasis, Charlton Lido, Tooting Bec Lido, Brockwell Lido, Hampstead Mixed, Hampstead Mens, London Fields Lido, The Serpentine Lido, Charlton Lido, Finchley Lido Leisure Centre, Hillingdon Outdoor Pool, Hampton Pool, Park Road Pools, Pools on the Park Richmond, Ruislip Lido) + ( London Aquatics Centre, Porchester Centre, Saltdean Lido, one of the Trafalgar Square Fountains,)
#8. Visit all three highest points in the UK. Scotland, Wales and England.
Climb Black Willy, kayak around Kynance Cove, wild swim at Golitha Falls and one, two, three other spots in Cornwall.
#10. Get PR represented in London
#11. Kayak on Hyde Park and and one of the Trafalgar Sq fountains.
#12. Wild Swim at least 10 places in Roger Deakin’s book Waterlog
#13. Learn another language.
#14. Experiment with a voluntary role in a workplace for a week or two.
#15. Reach at least 3* in White Water Kayaking.
#16. See a Puffin in the wild.
#17. Sing live on stage with an established Punk band. At least one complete song. (2019 – Jan, have a Yamaha FG30 acoustic guitar and learning!)
#18. Get the 1Dx, 16-35 f/2.8L II, 24-70 f/2.8L II, 85mm f/1.2L II, Studio Lights x’s 4, Backgrounds.
Sony α6400, FE 55 f1.8, E 20 f2.8
#19. Take a train somewhere interesting maybe foreign.
#20. Go to a music festival complete with camping or Bed and Breakfast.
#21. Take a cookery course
#22. Finish two 365 photo projects. One on iPhone and one on DSLR.
#23. Go for a picnic somewhere random or incredibly scenic.
#24. Try a bunch (10) of new and possibly repulsive food (Chicken feet, sheep eyes, head cheese, squirrel).
#25. Go to 10 networking events in a year.
Read at least 12 books in a year.
(2016 – Jan – The Prince Lestat [Anne Rice], Feb – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music,Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. [Viv Albertine], Mar – Japan’s Sex Trade [Peter Constantine], Apr – Shadowrun: Spells and Chrome [John Hellers] Fail!)
(2017 – Fail!)
(2018 – Rotten No Dogs, No Blacks, No Irish [John Lydon], Fragile Things [Neil Gaiman], Art Sex Music [Cosey Fanni Tutti])
(2019 – Jan – Mud Sharks [Dave Barbarossa], Feb – Dec – 17 x Manga; Sundome 1-4, Happy Sugar Life 1-3, Food Wars 1-7, Yokai Girls 1-3 & 7 ‘Light Novels’; Goblin Slayer 1, Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon 1, Re:Zero 1-5, Kizomonogatari – [Nisioisin], Bakemonogatari 1-2 – [Nisioisin]. Win!)
Go to at least one music gig a month for a year.
(2016 – The Damned 40th Anniversary at the RAH & Guest List, Killing Joke, The Members, Spizzenergi, Spizzology, Penetration, Pixies, Buzzcocks, The Tuts, LOCK, The Duel, Dead Men Walking, Department S, Ed Tudor Pole, Adam and the Ants, Healthy Junkies, Church of Eon, The Featherz, Taurus Trakker, Starsha Lee, Hazel O’Connor, Stiff Little Fingers, Fields of The Nephilim, Babymetal, Shonen Knife, Brian James and The Dickies.)
(2017 – The Tuts, Spizzenergi, The Rezillos, Healthy Junkies, The Stranglers, The Ruts, Charlie Harper acoustic, The Duel, Möthballs, Italia 90, Screaming Dead, Future Daughters)
(2018 – TRZ (The Tara Rez Band), Das Flüff, Rubella Ballet, Witchdoktors, The Weird Things, Shonen Knife, Toyah, Spizzenergi, Spizzology, Theatre of Hate, The Vibrators, Starsha Lee, Flesh Tetris, Segs (Ruts DC) acoustic, Dave Barbarossa (Bow Wow Wow) solo)
(2019 – Ruts DC & The Professionals [Shepherd’s Bush], Definitely a lot more but trying to remember in 2020 is nigh on impossible. It’s around this time that my Mental Health started to really impact on gigs and I’d often book and pay for them weeks/months in advance but be unable to go on the day.)
(2020 – Covid 19 stopped all gigs from March onwards. I did have tickets for the Japanese punk girl band Otoboke Beaver for February but (;_;) Mental Health.)
#28. Do at least one random act of kindness per week for a year.
#29. Take a photo of 26 people with names starting from A-Z.
Write a will. (2018 – Unfortunately as part of a suicide note)
#31. Inspire 5 people to do a similar list – 101/1001 or 33/33 etc.
#32. Redesign/revamp my website. (May 2018 – Trying to find the right models, 2019 bought new domain; Elgin Avenue Photography to better reflect new business leaving the sex etc to neolestat. As of Jan 2019 still looking for the right models and have to code new site. 2020 Covid stopped play.)
#33. At least triple my Twitter or Instagram followers each year.
2016, 2017, 2018 (Instagram: @neolestat (606 followers)), 2019 (?), 2020
#34. Write for my blog at least twice a month.
#35. Drive to Spain or Portugal camping along the way. Stay for two weeks at destination.
#36. Buy an original piece of Art.
#37. When I have the finances and the freedom, live for three days like Luke Rhinehart’s ‘Diceman’ and see where I end up.
#38. Spend a week without the computer, TV or Facebook. Can only use my phone to make and receive calls.
#39. Spend a week detoxing and then eat vegetarian for the rest of the month.
#40. Give up extra sugar, sweets and chocolate for a month. (2018 – April? Fail!), (2019 – )
#41. Complete all the numbered Final Fantasy games in order obviously missing out 11 and 14 as they are MMO’s.
#42. Every year, at the beginning of January, donate to charity (clothing, books etc. rather than money).
2016-17, 17-18, 18-19, 19-20 (Fail), 20-21
#43. For each of the 7 years plant a different tree somewhere.
#44. Clear all my debts and live credit free for three months.
#45. Attend a foreign festival – Maybe the Kanamara Matsuri, The Japanese festival of the steel phallus in Kawasaki.
#46. Get my tattooed heart covered up and get at least the two tats I want on each of my calves and the two I want inside both forearms (Keys and Music). At least one tattoo done traditionally with bamboo needles.
#47. John O’Groats to Land’s End with friends, no time limit, camping along the way.
#48. Visit The Museu Picasso, in Barcelona, Spain.
#49. Get published in a ‘national’ publication at least once each year. 2016 – Fail! 2017 – Fail! 2018 – Fail! 2019 – Fail! 2020 – ?
#50. Stencil graffiti my face onto at least 10 well known London streets and photograph the results as proof.
#51. Stay awake for 24 hours on a ‘date’ and watch the sunrise with said date.
#52. Find my ‘Happy Place’.
#53. Watch 52 documentaries in a year thereby (hopefully) increasing my knowledge and inspiring me.
#54. Do the London to Brighton bike ride. (2019 – Fail!)
#55. Kayak around Ramsey Island in Pembrokeshire. Get to the Blue Lagoon and tombstone.