1. Brian (DocSwill)

    February 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

    40 years ago a beautiful bouncing baby boy. Grown with age more beautiful in spirit and still handsome as ever. Cheers!


  2. DM Riley

    February 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Hello Alistair,

    Your collage is wonderful…. The word contentment
    came to mind when I first saw it. Your smile is
    always contagious.
    I turned 40 a couple of years ago and in the
    preceding months was tormented with an overwhelming
    realization that I would not be able to accomplish
    all that I had intended. There were moments, very
    specific moments when I knew that youthful dreams
    and aspirations had died.I would never be the great
    artist, writer, or pianist.I was in an irritated
    state for quite some time and then decided to
    celebrate the dreaded 40 with a meditation
    weekend at the Abbey and then a week in Paris.
    I am sure the magic of Paris didn’t hurt matters
    any but the weekend with you at the Abbey was
    most beneficial.The key point of the mindfulness
    study was acceptance. Accept 40.
    Later, while practicing my new found meditation
    on the banks of the Seine,I accepted 40. The dreams
    and aspirations have changed. There is no great
    masterpiece, novel, or composition but I still
    amuse myself with these things and I am content.
    Thanks, Alistair and all the best on your 40th.

  3. Brian (DocSwill)

    February 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hey DM Riley…You sound like 40 is a death sentence! If you believe it’s over, then it will be over. I call that giving up. I didn’t begin my novel until I was 47. I’m just now beginning to enjoy creating art. And after almost dying from cancer in 2007 and spending 2 years on a feeding tube, I’m learning to live and love with more vigor than ever, to appreciate more and find new goals to achieve. Stop having a pity party and start living buddy…you’re not that old! You’ve got another 40 years left to create! Add the power of positive thinking to your meditation. There’s nothing wrong with acceptance, but accepting defeat without ever trying is a tragic loss.

    Peace B

  4. Lynn

    February 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Congratulations, you.

    And aren’t you a lucky boy to have had these happy mosaic-moments!

  5. Srecko - Felix

    February 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Dear Alistair,

    Happy birthday!

    A dear friend of mine always says: well, I’ll stop
    counting at 35… So in 8 days we’ll celebrate her 35th
    for the 6th time. 🙂
    But life never stops, a moment is never repeated, so
    we should live fully and experience every moment when
    the time comes.
    All the best!

  6. 22180 asian miles

    February 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    OMG, 40 actually does sound scary.
    i don’t want to boast, but I am even scared to turn 30.
    i always thought I would not live past 27 but
    mindsprings helped me through.
    and i am eternally grateful for that.
    but 40? well done alistair for lasting that long. x

  7. lori

    February 13, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Looks like you’ve had a rich, manifold life so far.
    You ARE lucky.

  8. jackie

    February 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Happy birthday!

    Keep up the good work

  9. May

    February 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Happy Birthday, Alistair. I wish your fortieth year will turn out to be your BEST so far!!!

    I wonder, do you actually FEEL the affection clearly coming to you from all sides and all kinds of people … virtual, of course, (easily changed) but no less heart-felt by the senders?
    Are you able to accept that? And is it any good to you when you need (just the tiniest bit of) support?
    When I look at your marvellous photo compilation I go from feeling happy (many; love the yellow!)to quite sad (evoking the above), but ‘that’s life’ and ‘ it’s all in the game’ … how true!
    (By the way, my life just kept on getting better after my fortieth!)

    Dear Alistair, enjoy the journey, you will be all right!

    Offering you a loving, virtual ‘Dutch hug’,

    all best,


  10. TOSHI

    February 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Happy birthday and happy Losar Alistair
    from Toshi
    hugs from Antwerp-Belgium

  11. Maddy

    February 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Enjoy 40 – I was 65 this week!
    Got to think age is relative and I’ll feel 65 was good
    in 10 years time…

  12. rick

    February 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Happy Birthday Alistair!

  13. Juliano

    February 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    it is amazing that no matter how old you get you still feel young or eternal, or at least I do. Secret is having an open inquiring mind. Keeping a sense of humour and this includes sense of surreal humour, my fave lol, and errrr I forgot 😉

  14. robert

    February 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Hey Dude!
    The big four oh eh! Forty is fabulous so embrace it and revel in it! I’m 55 and I feel like a teenager
    because, I look at each day as an opportunity to learn something new. As long as we retain our curiosity about all that life has
    to offer I truly believe we remain ageless.A healthy sense of humor and an appreciation of the absurd helps.
    So I say be Forty and be fabulous!
    Yours Robert

  15. robert

    February 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    PS hope you have a hell of a party!

  16. ST

    February 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Belated Happy 40th Alistair.
    I am just starting my 50th and don’t feel 50 or look
    it, just like you don’t look 40.

    For me my 40’s were fun and learned alot about myself
    and am happy. Numbers do not mean anything it is how
    you live and accept the things thrown at you. From
    reading your blog I have a feeling you will grow and
    become even a better person.

  17. Luis

    February 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Happy 40th!!!!

    Things for me made so much more sense once I turned 40. I still have my moments where life is a mystery, but I’m learning to be more accepting of myself!

    Have a big piece of cake for me!!!

    Lots of love,


  18. Ian

    February 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday Alistair. My 40th was the happiest day of my life. The great love of my life turned up four days before. Hope yours brings you just as much magic and joy.

  19. Tato

    February 18, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Felicidad. Thats what you are.
    And now we just multiply it by 40.
    Even better, this is just starting.
    un beso

  20. Joe

    February 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    This year I turn 40, yet I feel so very at peace with it. Inside myself the experiences I have already gone through are cherished. Every day I need to remind myself to expect nothing, but to do as much as I can.

    The main comment I want to make is the one upon which the Greek Gods were wrote of coming upon the earth in front of humans and left a witnessing human with a “queezy” feeling. I need mention that it happens in many religions, but as a follower of the polytheistic Greek religion that there is a serenity which is similar to what I hear is similar to the followers of Buddhism. Both religions (I think) push for a common type of internal reflection. One would almost wonder if the early Greeks were in contact with Ashoka missionaries.

    Thank you for the blog, but above all happy birthday! Soon I will be 40 too. What ever you do enjoy each day fully. Perhaps you will make it to 100+. Even if you didn’t what you gained in the days along the way could make molehills out years.

  21. Duane

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm


  22. Luis

    February 19, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Happy Birthday Alistair! Just as I’m becoming comfortable in being 40, 41 is now rapping on my front door.
    Enjoy your new chapter to your book of life.


  23. peter smith

    February 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    oh wise and mysterious alistair,
    what are you up to these days?
    please don’t keep us in the dark,
    i am suffering and i am in pain.
    i need to know.
    without you – this internet is a dark abyss
    of despair. seriously. what have i done to
    deserve this? please take pity and tell us…

  24. Supertelly

    February 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

    40 is great! I remember it from 2 years ago, plus my wife has now joined the 40 clubhas now joined the 40 club too.
    Great photos by the way.

  25. peter smith

    February 20, 2010 at 12:46 am

    ah sorry I almost forgot.
    happy bithday to you!
    and this is my special present for you – a song
    from crystal swings,
    taken from the album: the best years or our lives!
    I hope you enjoy it.


  26. josephine

    February 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    hi alistair
    Happy 40th!
    my brother is 65 today
    I am 58, and my mother passed on last year, at 103!
    Thanks for all of you on tv
    Can you do a programme on contemplation and beauty ?

  27. Patrick Frye III

    February 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    =Om Muni Muni Mahamunaye Svaha=
    the Mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha

    Great Happiness at this time of your Birth.
    Many Returns Upon the Path.

    from USA=Charlotte

  28. Di

    February 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Belated Birthday Greetings Alistair – keep up the
    good work. My favorite joke for you:-

    Bert and Lilly were living in an Old People’s Home.
    Bert said to Lilly one night “I’m going to sleep
    with Maisy tonight”. Lilly asked “why”. Bert said
    “because she holds my w…y all night long”, Lilly
    said “but I hold your w…y all night long as well”,
    so Bert said “yes, I know”, “but Maisy has


  29. Athene

    February 26, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Only 20 years to go. Lots of love to you A, I have
    missed you x

  30. Valerie W.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Isnt life just a great adventure. Happy Birthday.

  31. Geof

    March 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Happy 40th A from downunder the beautiful land of OZ
    having turned 52 on 14 Feb I can truly say
    the best is yet to come. Have a great year ahead.
    Cheers Geof

  32. Ian Mowat

    March 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    You look so beautiful with the beard. Happy Belated 40th Birthday, and with regards to the lovely Kristian, if Jan Moir says a word I’m right behind you xx

  33. Amelia

    March 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday young chap!

    What a great photo collage! 😉

  34. Máirtín Mac Meanaman

    March 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Hello Alistair,I hope you had a lovely 40th birthday ,you are always an inspiration ,on telly and on this site ,you really do begin to enjoy things after 40,speaking as a 47th year old,onward and upwards le grá Máirtín

  35. Steven

    April 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm


    Turning 40 years of age is merely a threshold for new
    life adventures. I am 43 and am the most fulfilled I have
    ever been.

    Happy Birthday!


    Steven (from Portland Oregon, USA)

  36. Leo

    May 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Alistair

    I was channel surfing and stumbled upon a program you hosted, `Escape to the countryside`, and fell in love with you!! lol
    you are gorgeous! Before the program I had no idea who you were. I suspected you could be gay. And also I noticed the beads you wore on your wrist and suspected you could be a buddhist…
    After googled your name and I found out that my instints were all right!

    I like your style of presentation. Oh by the way, I just moved to the UK last year, thats why I am not familiar with the local celebrities…

    A new fan, a buddhist from the far east

  37. cheri

    September 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Ha. Aquarius – I knew there was a reason I was drawn to you.

  38. Will

    April 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Loving the beard look! Very handsome.


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