Have you discovered 'Blog This'yet?
They are a team of super-creatives who provide a great space to learn and play.
One of the fun things that they do is to host challenges. They are up to their 50th and so have called it surprisingly '50 Things'.
There have been some interesting entries so far and as the prizes up for grabs are pretty 'spesh' you'd better be quick to jump on board.
For my part I've decided to enter the following list - hopefully you fulfilled that New Year's resolution and took that speed-reading/quick skimming class so it won't be too arduous to get through.
You never know we may even have a few people in common...
50 People I’d Like to Sit Beside Or At The Very Least Across From On A Long-Haul Flight*
Nelson Mandela - my life hero
Isabel Allende -my second favourite author of all time and a lady with a whole lot of chutzpah & life wisdom!
Hugh Jackman -as long as his lovely wife Debra Lee Furness wasn’t present
Deepak Chopra - for deep insights and a soothing diction to put me to sleep
Nigella Lawson - because she’s a culinary goddess in my mind plus I wouldn’t feel guilty indulging in a second helping of dessert
Sting -actually a great combo would be Sting and Hugh Jackman, not that I’m greedy or anything [I actually know someone who has sailed on Sydney harbour with both of these gorgeous men and their wives - some people have all the luck!]
Elizabeth Gilbert -another great story-teller with a beautiful mind
Dan Millman - practical life affirmations and great stories would abound
Julia Roberts -I love her smile and there seems to be a depth to Julia that is special
Paulo Coelho -my favourite author of all time - he could tell me a tale in English or Spanish and I’d be in heaven above the clouds
Sir Richard Branson - especially if it was a Virgin flight, but mostly because he has such an enquiring mind and zest for life
Billy Connolly - really, I need to explain this? It’s a long flight, I need to be entertained!
Oprah Winfrey -so sue me, I think she would be fascinting - and who doesn’t have a dream to be a guest on her show before she pulls the plug hmmm?
Andrew Denton - the man has a way of drawing out the most interesting facts from his guest interviewees - I’m sure that he’d prove to be an amazing coversationalist
Maggie Beer -she seems to exude such joy for life, whether it be about the food she’s cooking or her beloved Barossa, I like her style
Yann Arthus-Bertrand - as long as he didn’t want to hog the window seat. I’d be able to express thanks for the joy he brings each day in our house via his book 365 days from the air
Geninne Zlatkis - one of my most favourite bloggers and a truly beautiful artist - she's living my 'ultimate life' [for more go to http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/]
The Dalai Lama - I'm sure if we were left to our own devices that there’d be lots of giggling and a great vibe
Jennifer Byrne - we’d talk books, books, books
Harry M.Miller - I’d ask him to share stories of the most amazing people he has managed and I’m sure the time would literally fly by
Julie Johnson - a truly special lady whom I’ve taken great inspiration from via Blogland - I’m sure there’d be much to talk about [http://juliejohnsonblog.blogspot.com/]
Colette Dinnigan - style beacon #1 - I’d be drinking her in
Tetsuya Wakuda - Well you know I’d be able to say “I’m having what he’s having.” Because he would choose the most amazing food plus he’s a very accomplished man with many stories to tell
Stephanie Alexander - there’d be a long conversation about her project to get kitchen gardens and cooking classes into Australian schools
George Miller - one of my favourite Australian movie makers - a creative genius
James Morrison - James seems to be the ultimate larrikin musician. I’ve admired him and his music for a long time and think he’d be an easy-going co-passenger
Dr Fiona Wood - one of Australia’s treasures
Shaun Tan - I’d be swiping any ‘doodles’ left behind when he leaves his seat
Nancy Bird-Walton - a famous female aviator + a long-haul flight - the stories she’d tell [I know she's gone to the great white aviatrix cloud in the sky but it would be lovely to meet her and hear her amazing tales]
Michael Carr-Greg - any parent of a teenager would love to chew the ear off this wise man
Mirka Mora - a creative mind of the most wonderful kind - there’d be much to learn
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - this man’s mind is phenomenal and if I got at all worried I’m sure he’d not only have a practical solution to the problem and put my mind at ease
Lucy Malouf - author of the fabulous cook & travel book Saha - I’d be interested to hear all about her journeys and insights
Richard E. Grant - I’m not sure how long I’d manage to remain calm if his enigmatic stare came my way, but I’m sure I’d find a way to cope
Judy Chapman - author and spa specialist, I’d be picking her brain for the ultimate spa experiences in Asia & beyond
Clint Eastwood - I’ve really admired the thoughtful films that he has made in recent years and the many lives he’s lived
Sir David Attenborough - I’d like to hear him say in his characteristic way “...and here we have the waitress...an elusive creature...though beautiful...she stalks the aisles....” etc
Ewan McGregor - the movies, the trips, the lad - there’d be much to find out
Noel Whittaker - finances aren’t my strong suit by a long way and Noel seems to be able to put the most challenging fiscal speak into laymans terms [this would be the education I wish I’d had in my 20’s
Bill Clinton - people pay big bucks to be in the company of this charismatic man - if I’m forking out for a premium ticket on a long-haul flight I want value! Plus I'm a non-smoker so I'd be fairly 'safe'!
Margaret Olly - one of Australia’s artistic treasures and a feisty one at that!
Steve Jobs - I might even be privy to the next big thing in computing and imagine the possibilities if he became a follower of my lowly blog!
Cate Blanchett - a living screen goddess and inspiring mum
Head of Veuve Clicquot Cecile Bonneford
Meryl Streep - there’s something about this lady that is pure genius
Pat Rafter - there’s more chance of me knocking into him at our local basketball club [no really this is a possibility that I hope to make happen very soon] than sitting on a long haul flight but I can be greedy and wish for both!
Janet Holmes a Court - I read her autobiography many years ago and was struck by her intelligence, integrity, grace and determination
If you’ve got this far down the list then I’d pick YOU for your persistance and interest in what I have to say!
...and because last is never least AND because I wanted to bookend this list with my two favourite guys - George Clooney - I know you won’t need any explanation!
As this brings me to the end of my list, I’m musing about the 50 people I would totally NOT want to sit beside me on a long-haul flight!
NB: Except for the first and last entries this list is in no particular order and I would be thrilled to pieces to sit beside any one of these people. The list is very Aussie-centric but I hope that it proves illuminating in some way...