What’s on Your Bucket List?

A bucket list doesn’t have to be associated with death, but often is. It is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or complete during their lifetime and doesn’t have to be a list drawn up when you know your last days or months are numbered. Ask Jeeves, a website, has put together a list of ’50 British Things To Do Before You Die.’ What would be on your list, given the time, energy, good health and sufficient finances? Many people believe that a bucket list should include visits to see the many wonders of the world, but there are plenty of great places to visit in good old Blighty. Ask Jeeves created the list and it’s based on a survey of British adults about the experiences they thought everyone should enjoy in the UK, so they’re only suggestions. What about visiting the end of Southend’s Pier? It’s the longest pier in the world and you could finish the outing with a Rossi lemon ice cream. Make it part of your funeral plan. From the list, it would appear relatively easy to watch a British player at Wimbledon, these days. THE GREAT BRITISH BUCKET LIST 1. Eat fish and chips on a seaside pier 2. See whales off Wales 3. Go to a night at the proms at the Albert Hall 4. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, N.Ireland 5. Have a picnic at an open air concert 6. Go up in the London Eye 7. Travel Scotland’s West Coast by rail 8. Watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford 9. Dine in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant 10. Go to a British Grand Prix 11. See inside the Houses of Parliament 12. Get the Ffestiniog railway up Snowdon 13. Go to Glastonbury Festival 14. Hold the FA Cup in your hands 15. Take in the view from the top of the Shard 16. Stonehenge on longest day of the year 17. See the trooping of the colour 18. Go to a cricket test match 19. ‘The Prisoner’ village Portmeirion, Wales 20. Have tea at Betty’s tearooms, Harrogate 21. See a traditional Xmas panto 22. Watch a British player at Wimbledon 23. Do a ‘Wainwright’ walk in the Lake District 24. Drive round Brand’s Hatch 25. Visit a whisky distillery 26. Go to a six nations rugby match 27. A Jack the Ripper walk in the East End...

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How Eco-Friendly is Your Cremation?

The UK newspaper, The Guardian, has published a story about eco-friendly funerals. Listed among their ten top tips is an alternative to a cremation, with a view to reducing the carbon footprint during the process and chemical based gases into the atmosphere. Here’s what they have to say about this subject called Resomation   Dealing with ashes aside, an alternative to cremation comes in the form of resomation, which uses alkaline hydrolysis instead of fire to break down the body chemically, reducing a funeral’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 35%, according to Sustain. The sterile, DNA-free liquid that results, is returned to the water cycle while the accompanying bone ash remains go in an urn to give to loved ones. The process needs to be regulated before it can take place, it is currently available in some US states and the company is awaiting the outcome of an approach to the UK government. The company involved,  Resomation Ltd, are based in Scotland. Once you read this explanation, you can’t help but think of those gangster films where, after a murder, the cleanup crew use acid in a bath to disintegrate a body so the hotel employees won’t find anything untoward during housekeeping. Of course, this is nothing like that scenario, but it will be interesting to see how many people choose this method when they consider their funeral plan arrangements.  The lack of Ashes apart from the ashes from the bones, may be a problem for some cultures, but it is an interesting subject to follow and to see if it catches on. It’s encouraging that people are trying to consider alternatives for funerals and to encourage a more green attitude about death and the funeral plan. Turn Into a Tree When You...

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Helpful Resources and Links

Office of the Public Guardian ( Office of the Public Guardian in Scotland ( The Office of Care and Protection Northern Ireland ( ( Solicitors for the Elderly ( Mental Capacity Act ( Court of Protection ( Lasting power of attorney ( NHS: Power of Attorney ( Alzheimer’s Society Lasting Power of Attorney( Citizens Advice Bureau: Managing affairs for someone else( British Bankers Association: Guidance for people wanting to manage a bank account for someone else. ( Money Advice Service: Help someone else with money( The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) ( An updated list of useful resources is always available here. Related articles New Guidance Launched to ease the stress of managing a bank account for another person...

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