This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Neil Tyson, Director at Rightway Compliance.
In the latest addition, we hear about an a truly indulgent trip to Canada and Alaska, and which Christmas classic tops the list of Neil’s favourite films.
This has to be my honeymoon last year (if not too cringy!) to Canada and Alaska! Our trans Canada tour included the Ice Field Parkway – drinking melt water on a glacier, the luxury of the Rocky Mountaineer train journey ‘through the clouds’ followed by the sheer indulgence of our first ‘cruise ship experience’ along the Alaskan coast. Unforgettable stunning scenery ( and yes we saw a bear or two!) brought to life by incredible weather it was a trip we didn’t want to end!
Best Sporting Experience
Without doubt – the 2012 para-Olympics athletics and in particular the 4 x 100m relay for blind athletes. For those who haven’t witnessed it, the athletes and their guides use sounds so that the athletes can tell where/when the changeover is happening. The crowd were therefore instructed to remain silent until the last athlete had completed the final baton change. Picture this – 80,000 people, total silence, the echo of the starting pistol, the athletes make their way around the track, one handover, total silence, second handover, total silence, third and final handover and 80,000 people erupt into cheers and clapping as the athletes run the final 100m. Unforgettable, amazing experience and one to be cherished!
Apart from the album that I recorded with my friends in a covers band that I play guitar in, it would have to be one of the first albums I bought and therefore I will show my age as well as my punk heritage. ‘Hanx’ by Stiff Little Fingers still takes me right back to when I first brought it home and played it as well as the many times I travelled miles to see them play live.
It’s a Wonderful life – a 1946 (and no I am not that old!) american Christmas movie. James Stewart (one for your younger readers!) plays George who throughout his life has given up his dreams to help others, but as he is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve his guardian angel intervenes. The guardian angel shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be if he had never been born. I think its just a very classic lovey film – watch it next Christmas.
The one I am yet to win big on! I do remember a series of bets placed by my dad (on my behalf as I was seriously under age), he only ever bet on one race each year – yes it was The Grand National. I chose Red Rum (I think because at the time I liked Rum ‘n’ Raison flavoured chocolate because I thought it contained actual Rum!) and stuck with that horse for 3 years! Not my biggest wins (probably about £1.50) but definitely my first and my most memorable.