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Things to do with Richard Horne.

Byline: By Richard Horne Evening Gazette

One thing I've learnt with these challenges is never say you're going to do something if you're not prepared to go through with it. I made this mistake twicea

Thing To Do No. 00 - Bungee Jumping

I always thought I wanted to bungee jump but when it came to it, I didn't.

My flatmate Katy and I took time out early last year and went travelling.

We were Living Out of a Van (Thing To Do No. 97) while travelling in New Zealand.

We arrived in Queenstown, the adventure sport capital of the World.

We talked about bungee jumping and we tried to book a jump, it turned out you had to book 24 hours in advance, (and we were only there for one night) What a shame!

We left the area the next day, Katy was disappointed, "Don't worry" I said "We'll be passing by on the way back".

A few days later we were passing through again and as a consolation we stopped at Kawarau bridge to watch the mentalists bungee into a river.

"We could do that!" I said to Katy.

To make her feel better I asked an employee if we could jump, Knowing full well we couldn't, at least it'd make me look enthusiastic.

The lady came back and said "Guess What! Two people have dropped out, but you have to jump right now!"

I was gobsmacked, this wasn't part of the plan.

Within minutes I was harnessed up and ready to go, standing at the end of a plank of wood over a river way, way below and they wanted me to throw myself off head first!

My nerve had deserted me and my lunch was about to as well.

I'd decided to jump first. I use the word "jumped" in the loosest sense.

I was given a count down from five to one, the upper part of my body attempted a jump, but my legs remained rooted to the spot, at this point I could either back out gracefully or try and jump - I did neither, I fell off the platform.

Katy, without fear, did the perfect swan dive, if there were judges watching she'd have got a perfect ten.

Her first words after were "Let's do it again!", mine were unprintable.

The second time I foolishly opened my moutha

Thing To Do No. 83 - Skinny Dip at Midnight

All I'm going to say about this is:

*It seemed like a good idea at the time

*Fuel yourself with as much alcohol as possible

*Skinny Dip with people you've only just met, then never see again

*Don't decide to skinny dip just before dawn in Brighton as the beach will be full of people waiting for the sunrise

*If someone tries to steal your clothes, heckle them whilst completely naked (strangely, if gives you the upper hand)

*Don't lose your trousers in the sea

aAnd the moral of the story is, If in doubt, keep your mouth shut!

* Richard is Middlesbrough born, bred and Boro-mad. His book 101 Things To Do Before You Die is published by Bloomsbury, pounds 7.99. 101thingstodo.co.uk
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