The 60 List

Here is the list of 60 activities/challenges that I will be taking on over the next three years. They’re not in any order but I will add details of when a challenge/event is taking place.

Arranged

PROGRESS: Ongoing

One of the items on The 50 List was to write a book in which I was going to detail all the events. The plan was to self publish it as an e-book but thanks to Juliet Mushens, a literary agent, I was given the opportunity to write a book and have it published by HarperCollins. 

Now, since 2013 when the book was published a lot has happened; adventures, health scares, happy and sad moments but in all that time I still remained positive. So I will be writing the second book which will be called ‘The 60 List – Anything is still possible’.  This will be self published as an e-book.

PROGRESS: 5th June – 8th June 2020

This is one item on the list that has been booked and paid for! The Rust Bucket Rally 2020. This is a charity event that has, in the passed, raised over £100,000 for some very deserving causes. The rules are; you must buy a car less than £500 and and then drive it around Europe covering 2600 miles through 10 countries in 4 days.

Last year I purchased  this 3Ltr V6 Jaguar S Type and along with two good friends set off from Wellingborough to Europe at 2 in the morning. The only problem was I wasn’t able to drive the car. I had the brake pedal widened and adjusted to suit but it needed so much pressure on the brake it was decided that there was no way I could safely get it off the drive, let alone across Europe.

Whilst my compatriots did the driving I sat in the back and gave them moral support and lots of fluids and munchies! 

Within the next few months I will be getting a new car that will be, for the first time, adapted with hand controls. I know it’s not a £500 car but I have had permission from the organisers. This is because the cost of adapting a car for a 4 day road trip would be a lot more than the car was worth! The good news is I’ll be doing the RBR2020 with my brother Gary.

I’ll be posting videos and updates everyday from the RBR so please do look out for that.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I’ve wanted to go to the Eden Project ever since it was opened. So our journey down to Cornwall is booked for June next year.

PROGRESS: In Progress

I have been a photographer for many years but it was in 2010 I started using digital SLR cameras. Shortly after my first purchase of a digital SLR I started working as a press photographer covering the FIA European and National Drag Racing Championships.

In 2014 I opted to take my photography in a different direction worked towards honing my skills working on fine art photography. I am now in the process of setting up my own photographic studio for portraits and product shots.

Please visit my photographic site nigelholland.photography

To be arranged

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Many years ago I was on holiday with my family staying with friends who just happened to own a horse. I couldn’t have been more than 8 years old but I was already up for trying anything! One morning I was taken out to the paddock and they saddled this horse and got me to climb up onto his back.

“Now, hold on tight!” My dad said to me as he took the reins and led me around the paddock. Now, for me this wasn’t ideal so I asked my dad to let me have the reins so that I could “drive” him. That’s how much I knew about riding a horse!

My dad reluctantly let go and I took the reins. Just at that point a dog that had been yapping and running around got too close and spooked the horse. As you can image the horse didn’t like that and bolted with me on his back. I felt like a rag doll, arms and legs flailing. The horse finally stopped just before the fence, which I thought he was going to try and jump! I fell off the horse and landed squarely in a pile of cow poop!

So why would I want to try and ride a horse again, well I want to try and do it properly this time. 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

One of the reasons for the ‘The 50 List’ in 2012 was to show my daughter, Ellie, that anything was possible. Well, Ellie proved that to me when she started playing wheelchair rugby! I thought that was so inspiring I decided I’d have to have a go myself.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I am a frustrated engineer, a fabricator, a metal worker. I’ve always fancied having a go at making something out of metal. I have an idea what I want to make and I have an idea of how it should be made, roughly.

Being involved with the drag racing scene for many years I have come across some superb engineering and build quality. Seeing a chromoly roll cage welded with such precision, it’s like a piece of art!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

My first car was a Ford Escort which my dad had painted by a professional paint sprayer. It was Royal blue with a Mexico type gold stripe down the sides and over the bonnet. Since then I have always wanted to try my hand at paint spraying a car. Now considering the the cost of paint spraying and the cost of the car no one is going to let me loose with a spray gun. However, this will be my car. I want to get another MX5 which I plan to do up, have some fun with and then sell on.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

On the last list there was an item, ‘sail a boat’, which I did and despite the fact there was very little wind I still had a good time. This time I would like to try my hand at land sailing or is it land yachting! 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

There has been many times when I have looked at a slide and thought wouldn’t it be fun if I could get down there. The problem is getting up there in the first place! However, the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London have lifts to the top floor and a slide coming down. Now for those who don’t know the ArcelorMittal Orbit was a piece of artwork designed and built to celebrate the Olympic games in 2012. Now they have added a slide so bring it on!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I have a passion for photography and have been snapping away for many years. For a long time I worked at Santa Pod raceway covering in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships and National Drag Racing Championships.

My interest in photography now is based around landscapes, street photography and portraits. The one thing I have always wanted to do was to be backstage at a gig capturing the excitement prior to a band going on stage and the exhilaration and sweat after they come off stage. 

Back in the mid to late 80s I was a drummer in a band and we got to play at some really great venues, the biggest being the hippodrome in Leicester Square. We got to meet and know a number of Bands that were playing at the time and one of the best were the Price. A punk reggae band with loads of energy and a fantastic guitarist, Leigh Heggarty who now plays for the Ruts DC.

I was lucky to go and see the Ruts DC earlier this year in Nottingham and they were great. I met up with Leigh afterwards and had a chat to him with regards to doing a photo shoot backstage at one of their gigs. Not too sure which gig it will be or when but watch this space.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

In The 50 List, back in 2012, one of the items was to learn how to make a crème brûlée. Thanks to Etam Dedhar I learnt how to make this great desert and if I say so myself, I can now make a mean crème brûlée.

This time I want to know how to make a chocolate soufflé. When we have dinner parties I feel I need to vary my desert offerings so chocolate soufflé it is!

PROGRESS: Ongoing

I’m not too sure what my ideal weight should be, however, I know it should be a lot less than it is now! Transferring from wheelchair to chair to bed back to wheelchair can be difficult so I have to keep the weight down. My plan is to lose at least three stone and then see where we go from there. This will require more exercise, less beer and more healthy eating. 

My son created the recipe for this beer and I designed the label.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

As a graphic designer I have had the privilege of designing the pump clip and the labels for the beer that my son created the recipe for.

Now it’s my turn to create a new beer recipe! I’m thinking a pale summer ale with a bite!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

There are a few items on this list are related to photography this one is most likely going to be the hardest. To achieve my LRPS I have to provide 10 images which reflect my ability as a photographer. I believe it’s worth doing it’s worth doing to the best of my abilities.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Going for a walk or in my case a roll, filling my lungs with fresh air is enjoyable and healthy but there’s one problem that I always come up against, I have to stick to the path! My wheelchair is great, it’s lightweight, it’s strong but it can’t handle rough terrain. Grass is okay, if it’s been cut short, but as soon as it gets a little rough I get stuck. I would like to get off the path and explore the woods or forests in a proper off roader wheelchair. 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

This is something that has been at the back of my mind for many years but I have never really got round to working on anything. I have a few ideas and I plan producing a book by the end of 2022.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I haven’t been to a football match for a long time but that’s because I’m not that much of a fan of the game. However, there are times when I turn into a pundit and shout at the TV screen when a match is on. Not because I’ve had a sudden change of heart but because England is playing either in the World or European Cup and I do get quite patriotic.

In 2018 I went across to the pub when England were playing Sweden and as I pushed my way to the bar we scored and the place went crazy! It was so exhilarating I wondered what it would be like to cheer a team on at a live match. So, as my nephew is a big Liverpool fan I will be taking him to see them play and then he can tell me what’s happening! I’ll cheer at the right moments I’m sure!  

PROGRESS: To be arranged

The Red Arrows are, in my view, the best flight display team in the world. Well, I would say that wouldn’t I being a Brit. The first time I saw them was back in the late seventies at the Greenham Common airshow. I was in my teens and I was blown away by their display. The one thing I’d like to do is see one of these aircraft up close and get some cool photos of it.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

The oldest piece of architecture I could find in Oxford is the Saxon Tower of St Michael, built in 1040. Call me a philistine but it could do with some pointing! I want to travel to Oxford to capture a series of photos of some of the later architecture; Palladian – Radcliffe Camera (1737-1749),  Blenheim Palace (1705-1722) and St Catherine’s College (1962).

Now, I am no expert on any of these great pieces of architecture but I do see potential for some great photography. 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Now come on, who wouldn’t want to be in a film or a TV programme or soap opera, even if it’s for only few seconds in the background! 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I think in any list like this there has to be a physical challenge and this is mine. In 2012 for the 50 list I took part in the Adidas Silverstone half marathon, this time I’m going to attempt to push my Wheelchair from Northampton to Wellingborough. From one micro pub to another. I’ll be leaving St Giles Ale House and then pushing the 11.5 miles down the old A45 and finishing at The Little Ale House. I hope to do in around four hours or less.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I’ve touched a snake before now but have never held one. I’m not afraid of them, I think they are amazing creatures. I’d just like to know what it’s like to have a big snake hanging off my shoulders.   

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Unlike the snake I am not a fan of spiders. I’ve got better over time as I don’t freak out that much these days when I see one. So why would I want to hold a Tarantula? They say holding a Tarantula cures the fear of spiders, I’m not too sure of that. When you see a spider in the house it’s a small thin legged, big arsed git! Where is a Tarantula seem almost pet like! 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I have never been to Ronnie Scotts in London and so I will be making my way down there sometime to enjoy some great music. 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I haven’t been to Madame Tussaud’s in London although I have visited the waxworks museum in Brighton. As I recall they looked quite lame, like they’d been sitting in the sun for hours on end!

Question is who should I pose with?

PROGRESS: To be arranged

On my last list I got to steer a narrow boat down the Grand Union Canal which is something I did way back in the eighties with the youth service. The boat that I steered in the eighties was called Pisces a 20ton, 72ft long narrow boat. It was it’s sister boat that I took down the canal for the 50 list.

I have never been on a boat on the Thames and look forward to seeing what it’s like.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Circa 2003 I flew my last radio controlled model. My last because I crashed it which was always an event that would happen eventually. That’s why I always took a black bin bag with me every time I flew my models. I said at the time that I’d like to build another model but my building skills weren’t great in fact a good friend of mine, Ben Bucklow, used to help me build the models and then we’d go and fly them together. 

I still have a passion for aircraft and would love to get another model back into the sky.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

It’s a shame we lose touch with friends; we move house, we get different jobs, families grow and somehow friendships fall by the wayside. But that shouldn’t be the case, I made some contacts on Facebook with some old friends so I plan to meet up with them and rebuild some friendships.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I love food! Then again who doesn’t? Not only do I like food I love to see it made. I like to think I’m quite a good cook but physically I can be a bit of a nightmare in the kitchen. I can cook but it requires a lot of adjustments and my own personal sous chef, that’s anyone hanging around the kitchen who is willing to help cut, chop and carry!

I’d like to see someone make something special that involves either fish or lamb.

PROGRESS: Made contact with a bee keeper who is willing to help me out with this activity. Date to be arranged.

Honey is one of natures most natural and tastiest gifts and I think we take it for granted. I plan to help retrieve honey from a beehive and hopefully have a taste then and there!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I tried this once. Put a pint of full fat milk into a pan and heated it up and then added vinegar. Left it alone for a while and then drained the whey from the curd. It looked like the quatermass experiment! There was nothing that resembled cheese, whey or curd! So I’m going to try again but this time I’m going to succeed!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I haven’t been in a canoe for over 40 years but I do recall it being good fun. I’ve still got strength in my arms but my hands are weak but I’m determined to find a way round not being able to grip the paddles.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Arduino is an electronics platform that uses many kinds of input sensors and output devices that can be programmed to perform many different tasks. I would like to design a device for measuring the moisture in soil. If the level is low an alarm will sound. Believe me I’m no gardener or a green finger expert so if I can have an instrument to tell me when a plant needs watering then maybe it may just survive!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I know this sounds like an easy activity but there’s quite a lot that I need to think about. Apart from, what bottle should I empty first there’s the question of what message do I send? Where do I launch/throw/chuck the bottle into the sea? These and more questions will no doubt arise!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Rolls Royce maybe owned by BMW but it’s still built here in Britain using long established techniques. I would love to look around and see some of these techniques being applied, like the choosing of the walnut veneer, the stitching of the leather and the meticulous attention to the bodywork.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I have never seen, for real, the changing of the guards, yes I’ve seen it on TV but you don’t get the full experience of their bulled boots cracking on the concrete ground.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

My aunt and uncle used to live in St John’s Wood. The estate they lived on was off Abbey Road approximately 2 miles from Abbey Road Studios. I used to visit and stay with them very often during school holidays but never got to walk across the famous Abbey Road Crossing

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Motorsport is one of my many passions. So much so that when I was working as a press photographer covering the FIA European Drag Racing Championships I got bitten by the bug and started racing myself. Any form of motorsport will do, so long as it’s fast!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Someone said to me, “you must be crazy going up on an aircraft with no engine!” “Only if it doesn’t want to come down!” I said.

Gliding is something that I tried once but only as a passenger, I wasn’t given the opportunity to fly it myself. So this Time I’m hoping to take the  controls.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

When I was at school I had a test in home economic’s. Yes I did home economic’s. The test was to make a Victoria sponge. My sister gave me a recipe and wrote down all the instructions. On the day of the test I obviously hadn’t followed those instructions very well because I made what can only be described as a flat breeze-block!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I used to visit Twickenham with the school to watch a game of Rugby but could never get into it. Later on in life I started to watch the Harlequins play but still didn’t really appreciate the game. And today I still don’t fully understand the rules of the game. However, not understanding the rules doesn’t mean I should go along and enjoy the atmosphere and as our local rugby ground is home to The Northampton Saints I really should go along, obviously wearing a Saints cap and t-shirt.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Robin Williams once said “Cricket is like Baseball but on Valium!”  That maybe true but in the summer I used to go and sit on a village green with some friends and just relax and have a beer. Occasionally someone would shout ‘Howzat!” and we would all look up and see what’s happening. 

Now though I think it’s time to visit my local cricket ground, Northamptonshire, and watch a professional match and maybe have a beer!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

My aunt Betty lives in Canada so I don’t get to see her often but we do chat on the phone and we occasionally Skype. She’s is such an amazing woman. I remember seeing a photo of her hanging upside down from gymnastic rings and she was in her 70s! I’m really looking forward to going over to Canada to help celebrate her birthday.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Now who wouldn’t want to throw an axe at a target? I think that’s something I could be good at, not necessarily hitting the target but throwing it!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I used to play drums back in the eighties. I was in a band called This Temple Eden and we played all around London, we even played at the Hippodrome at Leicester Square. As my grip got worse I found playing drums difficult. I sold my kit in 1994 and although I don’t regret selling it I do miss it. I can still play but I have to tape my hands to the drumsticks. I would love to get together with a band just for a jam!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I love game fish, salmon or trout. Lightly fried in a pan with a drop of olive oil and butter…  MMmmm. This activity will involve eating what I catch or I’m going to go hungry!

I used to fish a lot many years ago but I have never fished with a fly rod. A good friend of mine, Mark Harris, has kindly adapted a rod for me to use so that I can go fly fishing.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

In 2018 Camden Market was named one of the Seven Urban Wonders of the World, apparently the only UK location to gain the honour. I’m looking forward to capturing the wonders of Camden Market with my camera.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I have driven over it but have never wheeled over it. That’s something I’d like to do. Hopefully not while the bridge is going up!

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I really like street photography and combined with a great setting such as Trafalgar Square I think a day of photography would yield great results.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Yes, going over the top of the O2 is a thing! And it’s wheelchair accessible so it just has to be done!

PROGRESS: Ongoing

Visit my YouTube channel The 60 List for video updates of the progress of The 60 List. Not only will there be videos of each of the items being ticked off but videos showing preparations.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

In Spring of 2019 I started created some abstract art using acrylic paints. I’m a graphic designer and use the computer all the time so moving to canvas and paint has been so much fun. I’d like to create a piece and then see if I can sell it. This is just one of my pieces of work.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I currently have two wheelchairs that I use everyday. One of them is getting old and tired so I’m currently looking to get a new chair. However, I’m not going to get rid of my old chair I’m going to strip it down and get it powder coated. Would you like to choose the colour?

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Northampton has a very high number of homeless people. You can’t walk 20 yards without seeing someone sleeping rough or asking for money. The sad thing is there are a lot of young people sleeping rough. That just shouldn’t be the case! 

I’m going to sleep out to raise funds for Centre Point so that the money raised will go towards helping homeless youngsters get a room, advice and taught important life skills.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

This shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve. I have many friends that are up for a challenge. 

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I don’t have an ice cream maker but I do have a freezer! My favourite ice cream is vanilla and strawberry, not together! Now, I can make a crème brûlée and a vanilla ice cream is made of a vanilla custard… I think?

Anyway, I’m going to have a go at making my own ice cream

PROGRESS: To be arranged

There are so many people that have this view that you’re either disabled or able bodied when really we all have a disability, one way or another. People who view me as someone with a disability treat me differently than those who think I am disabled. The latter can be very patronising, interfering and just plain ignorant.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

Again it’s that passion for motorsport and aircraft all rolled into a great day out. I haven’t been to Brooklands for over 40 years so I’m looking forward to going back.

PROGRESS: To be arranged

I will be celebrating my 60th with a big party somewhere special!

As you can imagine I have a lot of organising to do, so if you know of a good venue or can recommend any contacts for any of the items listed please let me know. Thanks.