As we drunkenly ushered in the new year in Central London, I grabbed my beautiful wife and gave her a big, lickery kiss! As I did this, I realised "I have never brought in the new year by kissing a wife before!"

In my drunken excitement, I informed my pals that I would bravely keep this up for the whole of 2012; trying something new everyday!

This tiny little blog chronicles the 366 new things I tried in 2012...

Please remember this is for the amazing Ectoptic Pregnancy Trust. I urge you to donate just £3.66 (1p per new thing) by clicking HERE. Needless to say, if you can afford to donate a little more, your contribution would be VERY welcome.

Click through the posts, to see all of the weird and wonderful activities I have undertaken in 2012. Alternatively, click HERE for a consolidated overview of my year.

Love to you all!

 

Became an Expectant Dad! A few days ago, I posted that I became an honorary Father of the Bride. But today I am proud to announce that I’m a genuine, bona fide Father-to-be. And I could not be happier!
Please remember the reason for me embarking on this bonkers charity project; a few years ago, my wonderful wife, Sian, suffered an ectopic pregnancy. It took the life our wee baby… and it very nearly took my wife’s life in the process. The subsequent surgery left my wife bereft on one of her fallopian tubes, thereby diminishing our chances of conceiving in the future.
Although that fateful incident broke my heart, I was grateful that I still had my wonderful wife by my side!
And… we never gave up hope!
And, as this post proves, I am glad we didn’t give up… we are now expecting. We have a long way to go, so we aren’t counting our chickens before they hatch, but we remain positive!
If you have had a similar experience to my wife and me, I hope that this final new thing brings you hope too.
Our love and thoughts are with you x

Became an Expectant Dad! A few days ago, I posted that I became an honorary Father of the Bride. But today I am proud to announce that I’m a genuine, bona fide Father-to-be. And I could not be happier!

Please remember the reason for me embarking on this bonkers charity project; a few years ago, my wonderful wife, Sian, suffered an ectopic pregnancy. It took the life our wee baby… and it very nearly took my wife’s life in the process. The subsequent surgery left my wife bereft on one of her fallopian tubes, thereby diminishing our chances of conceiving in the future.

Although that fateful incident broke my heart, I was grateful that I still had my wonderful wife by my side!

And… we never gave up hope!

And, as this post proves, I am glad we didn’t give up… we are now expecting. We have a long way to go, so we aren’t counting our chickens before they hatch, but we remain positive!

If you have had a similar experience to my wife and me, I hope that this final new thing brings you hope too.

Our love and thoughts are with you x

Made a Photo Mosiac. I used the pictures from my bonkers, slap-happy charity project to spell out “2012 something new”

Made a Photo Mosiac. I used the pictures from my bonkers, slap-happy charity project to spell out “2012 something new”

Drank Armadillo Milk. I bought this can of armadillo milk in a Texan supermarket a few months back. I’m not sure if it is ethical. I’m not sure that it is possible. Do Armadillo’s even have boobs?
Even though I am full of questions, I carried out no investigations… just in case this turned out to be a fake!
Regardless, an amazing little legend is printed on the side of the tin…



The effect of armadillo milk on humans is not documented, however extensive research has determined that women sometimes develop a driving desire to go to the woods in the dark. Men sometimes become nocturnal and amorous and develop an uncanny ability to follow women in the dark. If these symptoms are noted, order more armadillo milk promptly.

Drank Armadillo Milk. I bought this can of armadillo milk in a Texan supermarket a few months back. I’m not sure if it is ethical. I’m not sure that it is possible. Do Armadillo’s even have boobs?

Even though I am full of questions, I carried out no investigations… just in case this turned out to be a fake!

Regardless, an amazing little legend is printed on the side of the tin…

The effect of armadillo milk on humans is not documented, however extensive research has determined that women sometimes develop a driving desire to go to the woods in the dark. Men sometimes become nocturnal and amorous and develop an uncanny ability to follow women in the dark. If these symptoms are noted, order more armadillo milk promptly.

Sat on a rug with a mug and gave a pug a hug!! Pugs are one of the planet’s most ridiculous looking animals, and I have always wanted to give one of these squishy little characters a cwtch.
You so Pugley!! Big thanks to the Hughes Family (Paul, Karen & Ava) for introducing me to Pinkie (this particular squishy ball of pugliness)

Sat on a rug with a mug and gave a pug a hug!! Pugs are one of the planet’s most ridiculous looking animals, and I have always wanted to give one of these squishy little characters a cwtch.

You so Pugley!!
 
Big thanks to the Hughes Family (Paul, Karen & Ava) for introducing me to Pinkie (this particular squishy ball of pugliness)

Became Honorary Father of the Bride… at my lovely Sister’s, Lisa, wedding. Sadly, as my old man, Tony Roberts, is no longer with us, I got promoted to Father of the Bride. It was a tough speech for me to deliver, but I did manage to hold it together.
Today, I completed the wedding trilogy; I have now delivered all of the main wedding speeches!

A huge congratulations to the brand, spanking new Mr and Mrs Jenkins. This has to be the most memorable wedding of all time!
Also, I hope I did you proud Tony Roberts (RIP) x

Became Honorary Father of the Bride… at my lovely Sister’s, Lisa, wedding. Sadly, as my old man, Tony Roberts, is no longer with us, I got promoted to Father of the Bride. It was a tough speech for me to deliver, but I did manage to hold it together.

Today, I completed the wedding trilogy; I have now delivered all of the main wedding speeches!

A huge congratulations to the brand, spanking new Mr and Mrs Jenkins. This has to be the most memorable wedding of all time!

Also, I hope I did you proud Tony Roberts (RIP) x

Tarantula Face. As an Arachnophobe, this was the new thing that I have been putting off all year. But, after the lovely folk at Newbury Today recently posted this article, I felt that I had to do it!
I was going to call this post “overcame a fear”.But I haven’t.
Just thinking about those multi-eyed, hairy, fanged, 8-legged, bundle of hatred makes me shiver and twitch. Seriously, I feel itchy just writing about it.



Even though I am still terrified of arachnids, I am grateful to my pal Stephen for introducing me to the amazing Mr. Parker!

Tarantula Face. As an Arachnophobe, this was the new thing that I have been putting off all year. But, after the lovely folk at Newbury Today recently posted this article, I felt that I had to do it!

I was going to call this post “overcame a fear”.
But I haven’t.

Just thinking about those multi-eyed, hairy, fanged, 8-legged, bundle of hatred makes me shiver and twitch. Seriously, I feel itchy just writing about it.

Even though I am still terrified of arachnids, I am grateful to my pal Stephen for introducing me to the amazing Mr. Parker!

Wrapping Paper Nest. With a little help from my mad family, I buried myself amongst the Christmas wrapping paper! As you can tell from the volume of paper, it was a good year in the Roberts household!
Yay!

Wrapping Paper Nest. With a little help from my mad family, I buried myself amongst the Christmas wrapping paper! As you can tell from the volume of paper, it was a good year in the Roberts household!

Yay!

Bench Pressed by a Buddy. My pal Liam is a captain of a rugby squad, who has recently swam the length of the English channel. SO I was in good hands when he bench pressed me.
The picture is made all the more amusing because…1. Liam’s Christmas jumper2. I look absolutely tiny in this photo. Like a little dolly!

Bench Pressed by a Buddy. My pal Liam is a captain of a rugby squad, who has recently swam the length of the English channel. SO I was in good hands when he bench pressed me.

The picture is made all the more amusing because…
1. Liam’s Christmas jumper
2. I look absolutely tiny in this photo. Like a little dolly!

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Made a Mashup. For the uninitiated; a mashup is a composition created by blending two pre-recorded songs together.

These days mashups are a bit passe, but I have always been a huge fan of them, so decided to make a mashup of my own!! Here I have overlayed 2 unlikely bed-fellows… The Prodigy (Mind Storms) and U2 (With or without you).

I am NO musical wizard, so the result is far from perfect… but it’s surprising how well these 2, completely unedited, songs work together! Certainly by the time it reaches full swing (55secs in to the track).

Held a Giant Albino Python. Check out that slimy looking white guy! Not me! The snake!

Held a Giant Albino Python. Check out that slimy looking white guy! Not me! The snake!

Cactus Jam. Cacti are the saviours of the desert. I have seen loads of Western movies, where these spiny, water-bearing plants have saved thirsting cowpokes. But I didn’t realise that these hardy forageables made such good eating. Nom Nom!

Cactus Jam. Cacti are the saviours of the desert. I have seen loads of Western movies, where these spiny, water-bearing plants have saved thirsting cowpokes. But I didn’t realise that these hardy forageables made such good eating. Nom Nom!

Fed a Reindeer. If you’ve been paying close attention to this silly little blog, you will have noticed that I have made 2 failed attempts to befriend deer this year. So, with the project coming to an end, it was nice to finally bond with one of this graceful (yet twitchy) creatures.

Fed a Reindeer. If you’ve been paying close attention to this silly little blog, you will have noticed that I have made 2 failed attempts to befriend deer this year. So, with the project coming to an end, it was nice to finally bond with one of this graceful (yet twitchy) creatures.

Bought a Copy of the Big Issue. Can you believe that I have never done this before? I am utterly ashamed of myself!

Bought a Copy of the Big Issue. Can you believe that I have never done this before? I am utterly ashamed of myself!

Made A Papier-Mâché Mask! Everyone who attended the National Instruments Christmas Party was asked to bring along a home-made festive accessory! I went all out to create this stupid looking snowman head.
I basically became a real-life bobble head!


Big thanks to Tony Smith for being my Mâché advisor!

Made A Papier-Mâché Mask! Everyone who attended the National Instruments Christmas Party was asked to bring along a home-made festive accessory! I went all out to create this stupid looking snowman head.

I basically became a real-life bobble head!

Big thanks to Tony Smith for being my Mâché advisor!

Deep Fried Mars Bar. I had to have a shower after I finished… and I still felt unclean.
I sware, each mouthful took a day of my life!

Deep Fried Mars Bar. I had to have a shower after I finished… and I still felt unclean.

I sware, each mouthful took a day of my life!