My 40th birthday

Life begins at 40 …apparently. I'll let you know how that goes.

The celebrations begin the weekend before with my parents visiting myself and Bobet for lunch at The Swan, a 17th century country pub by the river Thames in Pangbourne, where a Sunday roast is on the menu, with cheese cake or treacle tart for dessert.

On the day I invite my fellow developers Alex and Ian for a lunchtime drink of London Pride at The Counting House. In the evening Bobet and I go to Andrew Edmonds just off Oxford Street, where we enjoy a quiet three course meal of ham and melon, seared tuna steak with a bottle of white wine, followed by orange and almond tart with a glass of dessert wine.

On Thursday Lee takes me out for a few drinks and a Thai curry near Marylebone, where we discuss new jobs and the future. Friday I catch up with old workmates Clayton, Frances and Hamish for a gammon steak, a few real ales, with a lot of gossip and banter.

I feel a few more drinks coming on next week... winking


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